Arsène Wenger

Bale is like a cannonball

Arsene Wenger

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In his latest exclusive interview with Eurosport, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger assesses the chances of Tottenham, Manchester United and Rangers ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League clashes.

Do you think Inter are playing more attacking football under Rafa Benitez?

Yes, because this season they are using players like Coutinho, who impressed me a lot  in the first match against Tottenham. He was very creative and very offensive with his quick acceleration.

We will have to see them over a longer period because they have looked relaxed so far, but when we enter the knockout stage it will be very different. All the clubs that play very offensively at the moment will tighten up their game.

Do you see Inter doing well at White Hart Lane?

Yes I do. Besides, even if they were to lose, they still have Twente to play at home, and will probably win the group.

Gareth Bale really made his mark in Europe at the San Siro.

Many people in Europe discovered Bale because of his hat-trick in Milan, but the English all saw him finish last season like a cannonball. He was exceptional against us and then against Chelsea in the space of just three days. He made the difference in those games. I'm not surprised, he is an exceptional player.

Can you compare him to another left-footed Welshman, Ryan Giggs?

Perhaps, although his style is not so much about dribbling. He is more direct in his way of playing, but with such efficiency. Also, he has exceptional physical qualities. You can see how he is able to run back and forth as much as anyone else out there.

Will he be at Tottenham for much longer?

I don't know. You are a good manager when you are able to say no because you are not always forced to sell. Tottenham are a well-managed club at this level. He only recently signed a new contract.

It looks like first place in the group will be decided at White Hart Lane.

Yes, it will settled in London. It is a very tight group because Tottenham will host Werder Bremen, but the Germans are very dangerous away from home. They also have to go to Twente who didn't lose to either Werder Bremen or Inter at home, but I think second place will be between Werder Bremen and Tottenham. Inter look set to win the group, although Spurs still have a small chance as they are currently in second.

Nani scored the winner in Manchester United's first match against  Bursaspor. How do you rate his performances this season?

Personally I'm very impressed by Nani. I like what he is doing. He has individual quality in one-on-ones, but he has improved a lot in his team play and in front of goal. He has started scoring goals with both feet, and is a great crosser of the ball. Personally I think he has developed his game in an extraordinary way.

Does he remind you of Cristiano Ronaldo?

Yes, he has something like that about him. He is a little bit less direct in his way of playing than Ronaldo is. However, he is technically a virtuoso and has remarkable speed.

Who is your favourite between Valencia and Rangers to qualify along with United?

Valencia - because they managed to draw at Ibrox and they will now face them at the Mestalla. They have the chance to kill off Rangers' chances with a win at home, where they only lost to United in the dying minutes of the match when they didn't really deserve to lose.

Over the course of six matches they have more quality than Rangers

However, Rangers deserve a lot of credit for not losing to either United or Valencia, which were great results for them.

It has been a while since we last saw a Scottish team in the last 16.

Yes it has been a long time. Scottish clubs suffer a lot because of the lack of television money. There are two big clubs there but they are only so thanks to their big crowds and fanbase. When competing in Europe, that is a huge handicap.

Do you think Copenhagen will be able to get anything at home against Barcelona?

No, because Barcelona play away as they would play at home. They control possession of the ball. I can't see the Danish side getting any points. I think that Copenhagen will unconsciously attack more because they are at home - whereas they only thought to defend at the Nou Camp - so that they are going to be more vulnerable.

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