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Mourinho now will depend on Gareth Bale for title contention

The time has come for Gareth Bale to step up to prove he is deserving of his place on the hand of Tottenham, Jose Mourinho has said.

The agony of Spurs over their loss to Liverpool on Thursday was compounded by the revelation that top striker Harry Kane is battling an ankle injury for weeks on the sidelines.

With Kane not involved in the second half at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Mourinho’s side missed any attacking spark, and their title hopes could dim in his absence.

“It is a crucial moment for him [Gareth Bale], he feels better and better,” Mourinho said.

“When you lose a player of Harry’s quality, other players have to step up and hopefully Bale can help us.”

“The position that [Bale] likes to play is the position we put him in every minute we give him, which is the correct side of the attack,” the Portuguese said.

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