Wales vs Croatia preview: Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale look ahead to crunch clash
Wales vs Croatia
European Qualifiers Group E
7:45pm Sunday 13th October
Cardiff City Stadium
Wales can damage Croatia within their critical European Qualifier on Sunday, says director Ryan Giggs, while Gareth Bale considers that this is just another huge time for the nation.
A Wales win Sunday, live on Sky Sports Football, leaves their Euro 2020 fate in his hands, together with three points taking them to within three of Croatia having a vital game in hand over the leaders in Group E.
Croatia and lose will secure their passage setting up a direct shootout involving Slovakia, Hungary and Wales for this runners-up spot with two matches to playwith.
Although Bale says that this effort is critical for the future of Welsh soccer Talking to Sky Sports ahead of the clash, manager Giggs is convinced Wales have the World Cup finalists to hurt.
Its going to need to become a group effort, immersion, and not just for 70 or 80 minutes but for 90 minutes, said Giggs. At any time, a lapse will be punished by the best teams.
But theyre also going to get to focus on their toes as well, because we have got great players that could harm them.
They have not got many flaws. They cause you a great deal of problems, so they are hard to stop, in the event you allow them to get within that leak.
we would like to become in their facesput them under stress, hurry themand get the audience. We want to make it a great atmosphere. Also, for people to get on the ball, make them operate, show our quality as well.
Everyone knows about Euro 2016, however we dont just need to qualify for one tournament, we wish to qualify for several championships, for World Cups, for Euros.
This is just another moment that we want to choose the chance to accomplish that. We wish to create soccer large in Wales, we would like to qualify but inspire kids to play with soccer to make our federal team better as well.
[We just want ] a tiny bit of luck. Confidence comes in to it. Sometimes it just is similar to that in football, and it is one of those things you cant presume a great deal about. As though targets are coming for the group, I feel. If we werent generating the possibility that would be the real worry.
Wales are sweating on the fitness of Aaron Ramsey, that faces a race to recover from the knee injury which ruled him.
If the Juventus midfielder is cleared to play, Giggs could switch his forward options round, using Bale likely to lead the line after picking up a knock from Slovakia, rather than Kieffer Moore, who the Wales boss affirmed will be assessed.
Croatia visit Cardiff having a clean bill of health and head coach Zlatko Dalic may name the same XI that began Thursdays 3-0 victory over Hungary, however Nikola Vlasic and also Mateo Kovacic are compelling for a berth.
Watch Wales vs Croatia on Sunday from 7.15pm on Sky Sports Football and Main Event; kick-off 7.45pm
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