Jermain Defoe scores a hat-trick as Gareth Bale sits out Tottenham’s 6-0 win over South China

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Bale’s future has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent days, with Real Madrid obviously keen to sign the Wales star. But his absence had already been predicted by Andre Villas-Boas yesterday when the manager confirmed Bale was still struggling to shake off a buttock injury.

In his absence, Tottenham cruised home on a pitch that looked more like an aquatics centre at times.

Manchester United have to play here on Monday, although at least there was no rain as the coaching staff, including David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, saw Defoe profit from some woeful defending, Tottenham also netting through a Tse Sean Ka Keung own goal, a close-range effort from Clint Dempsey and Andros Townsend’s late strike.

Prior to this match, it had not been the greatest of trips for Tottenham.

What with the speculation over Bale’s future, the injury to Jan Vertonghen and concerns over the pitch so great Andre Villas-Boas would have been happy for the game to be called off, Spurs will probably be glad to get on the plane home.

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Posted on July 27, 2013, in Football and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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