Former Toon Star Knows How To Stop Gareth Bale
Scotland assistant manager and former Toon striker Mark McGhee has been picking up tips on how to stop Gareth Bale.
Mark McGhee: "I've watched a lot of him recently and we obviously realise he's a huge threat.
"Any management team in the world at this moment coming up against Gareth Bale would give him serious consideration and, of course, we will do that and will plan to deal with him as best we possibly can.
"But we are at home, it's a World Cup qualifier and we feel that by exerting our influence on the game then that can possibly undermine his chances of being a big influence on the game.
"Even this afternoon we have been going through DVDs that we will be showing the players, and some of that includes situations that we felt teams had done certain things tactically that caused Gareth Bale a problem in terms of trying to find space and get on the ball.
"That's what we have to do but, as importantly, that when we do win the ball back off Wales, we are positive with it.
"I said this a couple of weeks ago when we had a meeting: 'Let's imagine Gareth Bale isn't playing. you still have a very, very difficult game on your hands.'
"He is not the only player on the pitch we have to consider. We have to consider Wales as a team and a country trying to qualify for a World Cup. So we take them very seriously with or without him.
"We must do the same, we must be a team and the team effort and the combination of the strengths together can overcome Gareth Bale or anyone else.
"I have never played in a team or managed a team that did a man-marking job.
"It's a rare thing and players as good as Gareth Bale will overcome that. I don't think you can man-mark him, as a team you have to overcome him."
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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