Speaking ahead of tonight’s match against Belgium, Gareth Bale has said that Wales has pulled of an amazing achievement by reaching further in Euro 2016 than the other British nations.
Bale said that the team is extremely happy with its achievement and thinks that tonight’s game is their biggest since the 1958 World Cup quarter finals.
Speaking about their last match against Northern Ireland he described it as “ugly” and not suited to the team. Nonetheless he believes that to play “an ugly game and win shows our spirit and character. We’re very happy and proud to fly the flag.”
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Bale said that Coach Coleman has left “no stone unturned” in preparing his players for the daunting task of facing Europe’s top ranked side. The sides have recent history having come through the same qualifying group and Wales will be feeling confident knowing that Belgium didn’t manage to beat them then.
He also said that preparation has been “second to none” with meetings about “what we need to do, when we need to do it, how we need to do it and he [Coleman] makes sure every single player knows exactly what they need to do.”
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Ashley Williams will be fit for the game which is taking place on a re-laid surface at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The pitch was put down after it cut up badly during previous matches in the tournament.
Meanwhile Neil Taylor has warned Belgium that Wales can “hurt them” just as they did in Cardiff last summer.
He said that it is essential to show the team respect otherwise they will “blow you away”; however, he believes that Wales has “ways of hurting teams when we need to”. Furthermore, he believes that the team is capable of causing an upset and winning the game.