Real Madrid star Gareth Bale believes Wales can upset Croatia and win the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying Group E.
Wales kick-off their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign on Sunday night against Slovakia. Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out of Wales’ opener, but Gareth Bale is expected to return in the first team, after being rested in the friendly game against Trinidad and Tobago.
Bale is confident the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finalists can win the Group E and qualify for the final tournament.
Of course, the second place would be enough for Wales, but the Real Madrid star aims for the top spot.
“We might be the underdogs but there is no reason why we can’t go on and win the group,” he said via Daily Mail. “We have targets that we’ve set and we’re going for top spot.”
“They’re exciting young players who are playing well. We’ve got a lot of new players but there’s a lot of experience in the squad as well. Us oldies are helping the younger lads. I’m actually the longest serving player in the team now, and I’m not even 30 yet!”
Bale said initiation songs for debutants were still demanded and recalled his own effort of Oasis’s Wonderwall from 2006. “It won’t be coming out again,” he said.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) March 22, 2019
Wales and Slovakia met in the group stage of the UEFA EURO 2016, as the Dragons won the game 2-1.
Gareth Bale scored the opener in the 10th minute, while Robson-Kane secured the victory for his national team at the late stage of the game.
“We’ve watched videos of the last qualify campaign to relive it,” said Bale. “We are ready to give everything on that pitch for the jersey. Everyone knows what it takes to qualify. We’ve got that experience from qualifying for the last Euros to bring into this one.
‘We want to be playing in the major tournaments. We need to produce again, work hard as a team, over the campaign we will need everybody. Grinding out the winning mentality, that feeling, progressing game by game.”