Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Bale did not perform in the big matches while he was Tottenham manager.
The former Spurs boss, sacked in April, secured the services of Bale on loan from Real Madrid last summer – but was left underwhelmed by his displays.
Bale finished the season with 15 goals in 32 matches, although Mourinho questions how many of those came in the most important moments.
While he netted twice against fifth-place Leicester on the final day to secure seventh for Tottenham, none of his goals came against the rest of the established big six.
Talking about Wales’ chances at Euro 2020, Mourinho told The Sun: “Over the years Wales have relied a lot on Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the two most talented players in the country.
“But when I look to the club season and how many matches Ramsey played at Juventus, there were lots of injuries.
“When we look to Gareth and how many great performances he had, how many goals he scored against the best teams, there were not many or none. It’s not an easy situation for a country without many options.
“But they are always well organised and know how to create a situation to try to get the best out of the more talented players.”
The Portuguese manager handed the Wales star only two Premier League starts up to February, before Bale eventually came to life for the final few months of Mourinho’s reign.
Mourinho is known for his tough-love style of man-management and criticised Bale for an Instagram post last season.
Ahead of the FA Cup defeat to Everton, the winger had posted on social media that he was ready to play after ‘a good session’ in training.
Mourinho claimed that was a ‘contradiction’ of reality and ‘totally wrong’, revealing Bale had asked for a scan on an injury and was not available.