Ben Davies feels that Wales need to quickly adapt to the demands of international football as Wales face a tough Euro 2020 qualification finale
Ben Davies has said that time is not on Wales side as Ryan Giggs’ charges get ready to play Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday. The game holds great importance to Davies and due after the results in Group E.
Following a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan, Hungary are on top of the table and three points ahead of Wales. Wales lost 2-1 to Croatia.
In that game, six players in Wales’ starting XI have only played for Wales since Giggs was appointed the national team’s manager. And Davies, who was there when Wales reached the semifinals of Euro 2016, says that players need to grow up fast.
“This is their first real taste of international football,” said the Tottenham man as reported by FourFourTwo.
“But we haven’t really got too much time for that learning curve if we want to qualify for the Euros.
“Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you win games.
“It’s just making sure that we stop the opposition from doing their thing and show a better account of ourselves.”“We have to start games better,” Davies said.
“We can’t afford to concede sloppy goals like we did. Hopefully when those chances come it’s to win a game.
“I think we’re a better team than we showed.
“But it’s not great to play in the middle of the day in 30 degree heat. It took a lot out of us.In a hostile environment that awaited them at the Groupama Arena, Davies knows that things could have been different had they managed to beat Croatia.
“If we’d have won here it would have put us in an unbelievable position,” Davies said.
“But it hasn’t really changed from the first week. We’ve got six more games and they’re all massive for us.”