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Zabaleta talks up Bale

11 November 2012 09:59

Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta has labelled Tottenham's Gareth Bale one of the best wingers in the world.

The 27-year-old is set to face the Wales international as Andre Villas-Boas' side travel to the Etihad Stadium for their Premier League clash on Sunday.

City remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League but are five points off leaders Manchester United, while Zabaleta admits he is relishing the prospect of facing the Tottenham winger.

"Bale is a great player and it is a great motivation for a defender like me when you have to stop a player like him," he told reporters.

"Bale is one of the best wingers around, not just in the Premier League, but in the world. He has great pace and he has a great cross and shot."

Zabaleta, who has made six appearances this season but has seen his campaign hampered by a hamstring injury, insists City should be wary of Tottenham's threat on the break and claims Bale is not the only player who could cause problems for the Premier League champions.

"It won't be just about Gareth Bale. As a defender I know that Tottenham have very good strikers and a very good team," he continued.

"I think they play better away from home because they move really quickly on the counter attack, so it is going to be really hard for us."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
11 November 2012
Game week
11
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47208

Goals

0 - 1
21' S. Caulker
 (assist by T. Huddlestone)
S. Agüero 65'
(assist by Y. Touré) 
1 - 1
E. Džeko 88'
(assist by David Silva) 
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
3
10 88'
14
11
28
30
62
# Player Bookings
20
18
16
22
25
29
46

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 8 +15 22
2 8 +10 17
3 8 +14 16
4 8 +4 13
5 8 +1 13
6 8 +3 12
7 8 +2 11
8 8 +1 11
9 8 -1 11
10 8 -1 11
11 8 +0 10
12 8 -8 10
13 8 +0 9
14 8 -1 9
15 8 -2 9
16 8 -3 8
17 8 -7 8
18 8 -6 7
19 8 -9 4
20 8 -12 4

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