Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez admitted Gareth Bale had been outstanding against his team for the second time in a fortnight after watching the Champions League holders lose 3-1 at Tottenham.
The Wales international, who scored a hat-trick in Spurs' 4-3 defeat in the San Siro two weeks ago, used his pace to give Maicon a torrid evening at White Hart Lane, setting up goals for both Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Inter president Massimo Moratti had said after last month's game between the two teams that he was a fan of the 21-year-old former Southampton star and, after the match in north London, former Valencia and Liverpool boss Benitez said:"I thought he did well in the first game and he was doing well today when he had the space.
"We knew that, if he has the space, it is difficult to stop him because he has pace.
"Maicon is a very good offensive defender. But he has more problems when players play like Bale, so we had to help him.
"I could see that the team was growing and doing better and, at the end, Spurs' third goal changed everything."