ROME (Reuters) – Wales captain Gareth Bale dismissed Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s feedback likening the staff to English membership Stoke Metropolis and stated they have been able to problem them in Sunday’s European Championship assembly in Rome.
Mancini, who spent 3-1/2 years as Manchester Metropolis supervisor between 2009 and 2013, is totally conscious of the bodily calls for of a visit to Stoke who have been a top-flight staff then.
Forward of Sunday’s recreation, the Italian stated Stoke had a really powerful type of play and he anticipated the same take a look at from Wales, including Bale’s aspect additionally possessed the technical abilities to hassle his staff.
Requested for his response to Mancini’s feedback, Bale instructed a information convention: “I by no means knew Stoke have been that good.”
Wales interim supervisor Robert Web page stated that he was not bothered by the comparability.
“We’re totally targeted on what we are able to do and the way we are able to damage groups. As I’ve stated, I could not be extra pleased with that (squad of) 26 and I am going to again them on daily basis of the week.”
Italy are by way of to the final 16 after two wins from as many video games, whereas Wales are additionally unbeaten in Group A with 4 factors forward of the ultimate spherical of matches.
“It’ll be a giant problem. Now we have little doubt, even when that (unbeaten) document wasn’t there, Italy are a giant footballing nation and all the time make video games troublesome,” Bale stated.
“We’re below no illusions, it will be a troublesome recreation, however all we are able to do is plan, put together and provides it our all once we get on the pitch.
“… It is troublesome to say the place the sport would rank if we received however it could for positive be a proud second for all of us. An awesome end result for Wales and one we will try to do.”
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Raju Gopalakrishnan)