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Angel Rangel knows that Spurs are more than just Gareth Bale

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 15, 2012

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SWANSEA City could be handed a major boost before kick-off against Spurs tomorrow as Gareth Bale is still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Angel Rangel was set to go head to head with the sought-after Welsh winger who is rumoured to be a £56 million January target for Real Madrid.

Bale has missed his side's last two games and will have a late fitness test before a final decision is made on whether he can feature at White Hart Lane.

And the suggestion is the Southampton youth product could miss out.

That would be a bonus for Swansea, though Rangel is quick to point out that Spurs have other weapons.

Emmanuel Adebayor cost Manchester City £25 million a few years ago, while in Jermain Defoe they have a striker who has netted nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances this term.

"If Bale plays it will be a big challenge, but whoever plays it will be just the same," said Rangel.

"Clint Dempsey has been playing left for them and he is a very good player himself.

"They are a top-four, top-five team in the Premier League so it is not about one player.


"If I play and Bale plays there is an individual challenge for me and a difficult one because he is such a good player, one of the best wingers in the Premier League.

"Whoever plays will have to be at their best defensively for us because they have good players all over.

"I will try my best to stop Bale if he plays and play my other game, which is going forward."

Rangel insists Swansea head for White Hart Lane full of confidence.

Wednesday's Capital One Cup triumph over Middlesbrough got Laudrup's men back to winning ways after defeat to Norwich last weekend.

Before that they were on a seven-game unbeaten run that included victories at Liverpool, Newcastle and Arsenal and a home draw with Chelsea.

"Away from home we feel quite comfortable," said Rangel.

"To get six points from games against Newcastle and Arsenal is unbelievable, and even at Southampton when we didn't have a great game we still got a point.

"We are going to Tottenham to get something from the game.

"We know they play a similar kind of football, they like to pass and that might benefit us.

"Hopefully we are up for it and we can get something from it. I'm sure we can."

Rangel had a rest on Wednesday as Laudrup opted to rotate some of his squad.

Dwight Tiendalli began at right-back in only his fourth appearance since joining the club as a free agent in September.

The Dutchman was signed after left-back Neil Taylor suffered a season-ending ankle injury, but impressed on the right against Boro.

"It was good because he played well and makes it difficult for the manager, which is what we want," said Rangel.

"It is good competition on both sides so we know if one drops standards we have someone to come in and play well. We all benefit from that.

"Dwight is a good player. There have been a lot of good players here at full-back and you have to work hard.

"We had a strong team in the cup and it was a tight game.

"We know we are playing well. The Norwich game we were disappointed how we started but we finished well.

"Christmas time is a very busy time for us and it's important we build up the momentum again, that's why it was important to win on Wednesday."

Despite competition from Tiendalli, Rangel is expected to start against Spurs.

The former Terrassa man reckons he is in his best form since signing for Swansea five years ago.

And he credits Laudrup with helping him hit that high.

"The kind of football the manager wants to play benefits me so much," he said.

"I've been enjoying my football as an attacking full-back and that freedom to go forward, and if anything I've been improving myself.

"I think I've found a better balance between attacking and defending and that's down to the manager."

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