Steinsson ‘opted to relax’ for Bale duel

The Wales international has become one of the most talked about

players in European football following his two blistering displays

against Inter Milan in the Champions League. Maicon, one of the

world’s best full-backs, failed to keep Bale in check in their

meetings and Steinsson knew he would be given a torrid test at the

weekend. However, Steinsson opted against worrying about the task

ahead, preferring to eat well and put his feet up before the clash

against Spurs at The Reebok. The Icelandic defender’s approach paid

dividends as Bolton upset Harry Redknapp’s men while Bale failed to

influence the match as he had done against Inter. “I have never

received so many texts before a game, telling me to rest up,”

Steinsson said. “I have played against Gareth before and he is a

fantastic player and he has got a bright future in front of him.

“But I tried not to analyse it too much because, if you do that,

then it just gets in your head. “I just had a really good chicken

korma and relaxed on the eve of the game. That helped me. “So it is

best to just rest, eat well and get a good night’s sleep – then

wake up and you’re ready to go.”