Despite a highly successful playing career that included 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United, Ryan Giggs has admitted that he has never felt so nervous ahead of his first game in charge of Wales
Giggs is set to charge of the Welsh national team for the first time on Thursday, where they will be facing a China side managed by World Cup winner Marcelino Lippi. The two sides will meet at the Guangxi Sports Center Stadium in Nanning for the China Cup.
“I’ll be much more nervous than I was as a player.” admitted the 44 year-old, according to Sky Sports.
“I never really got nervous as a player, but coming into management is completely different, as there are so many things to think about.
“As a player, you’re quite selfish and making sure you’re doing your job within the team. But as a manager, you are always thinking: ‘Have you forgotten anything? What can be improved?’
“So it’s about preparing the team as best I can with my staff, then you evaluate what you could do better and what you did well. It’s completely different from being a player.”
The match will represent Giggs’ first role as a permanent manager, having previously taken over the United squad from the fired David Moyes in 2014 on a interim basis.
“The most important thing is to win games. But in the right way, just like when I was a player.” said Giggs.
“You want to play attractive football and entertain, but you have to do the basics like working hard as well.
“I’m lucky to inherit a side with a good team spirit, and every successful team needs to have a good team spirit.”
Despite Wales being 45 places above China in the latest FIFA rankings, Giggs is expecting a difficult challenge against the hosts.
“The preparation has been good but we’ve got a tough game against a China team with a great manager.” added the Wales coach.
“It’s going to be tough not only because of the manager, but the fact it’s China at home. We’ve watched videos and they are very aggressive, they play on the front foot.”