Ryan Giggs and Ashley Williams spoke to the media this morning ahead of the friendly match against Spain at the Principality Stadium. They speak about Gareth Bale missing out, playing at the Principality Stadium and the younger players keen to make their mark.
Gareth Bale missing the game
“Bale is extremely doubtful for tomorrow with muscle fatigue, it’s not serious just monitoring it. There is every chance he will be available for Tuesday against Ireland. It’s 50/50 at the moment we don’t want to take risks.
“If he’s able to play on Tuesday then great, but my mind is just on Spain at the moment and then I will concentrate on Ireland.”
“We are in conversation with Madrid, but it’s nothing serious. It’s what is best for everyone involved.
“The medial team are in constant dialogue with every club, so that’s no different.
“He had a scan a couple of weeks ago. We rescanned him and done everything we could to get as much information. We’re treating it symptom wise as well, he feels good but we have to weigh up the risk.”
“With him playing club football in Spain he wants to be a part of it obviously, but first and foremost we want him to be fit for Ireland.”
“Gareth doesn’t have to be 100% to play, but when they are small injuries it’s difficult because sometimes in a short turnaround. We’ll take no chances, but if he is available on Tuesday then great.”
Other options in the squad
“We have other striking options in Vokes, Lawrence, Roberts – all can play up top. Or we can play two up top.
“We need the options because Gareth won’t always be there, that was something I was aware of and we needed something different to not rely on top players all the time.
“We need a plan B if our best players aren’t available, but even if they are available we want them to be pushed in training for their place.”
“Nothing has changed our plan, we want to win the game tomorrow, but it is a friendly.”
“Three points on Tuesday are to be had against Rep. of Ireland and we have five days in between to prepare, so there’s a bit more leeway.
“We will try and give everyone minutes tomorrow, with a mind on Tuesday as well.”
“I think they’ll be fine because they did really well, especially in the first game. From my perspective it’s exciting, a new stage, a new venue.
“Like always, I want them to express themselves. If they’re in the team it’s for a reason, so I will ask the same of them and don’t expect anything different.”
Playing at the Principality Stadium
“The roof is closed and that was our decision. I enjoyed it as a player and it creates a good atmosphere – something different for many of our players.”
“I was excited when we had the chance to play here, I’ve had happy memories here as well as some not so happy ones.
“It’s a great stadium right in the middle of the city, the view, the pitch is magnificent – maybe too good. We want a good football match to test ourselves against a very good team.”
“We’re lucky that we have so many different stadiums to choose from, Cardiff and Swansea in recent times.
“In every game we think about where the best place to play is, we’re lucky but we take it game to game really.”
“They have a new manager and were very impressive last month against England and Croatia.
“We’re in for a tough game but an exciting one and a chance for our players to play against in the best in the world.”
“In the last international break we played very well and that’s the standard we set. We dropped against Denmark so there’s things we can work on but if we play to the standard last time against Ireland we’ll do well.
“We’re in for a tough game and we have to play like that [Ireland] again.”
Gareth Bale missing out
“Yeah obviously it’s a blow, he’s our best player. He’s here in the group but we will miss him on the pitch, but it’s a great chance for someone to step in and show what they’ve got.
“We want him available for as many games as possible, but it’s something we have to deal with.”
“I’m sure he’s frustrated like everyone is when they get injured, but he’s been laughing and joking and seems okay.
“He suffers a lot of injuries but he deals with it fine.”
“He’ll be in the dressing room tomorrow to help the boys as much as possible.”
“The gaffer wanted me in the dressing room to help out when I missed the Denmark game. I was fine with that and we will go with what he says.”
“It’s a good game against Spain, a few of the lads have played here before. It’s why you play football, it’s a good test and challenge. This is the type of test you’d want.
“The Spain team are in a bit of a transition stage, a lot of the world-class players have moved on and retired.
“It will still be a challenge. They’re a team with quality everywhere like they showed against England and Croatia last month.”
“We will try and implement our game and see what happens. We must make sure we’re not to get frustrated without the ball.
They will have a lot of the possession, so it will be an interesting challenge.”
“Whenever you can get on the field and get more caps and experience it’s great.
“It’s a chance for all of us to play again together, different lads as well. We’ll find out the team tomorrow, whenever you play against quality it’ll be a test.”
Strength in depth
“It’s the strongest squad that I’ve seen since I’ve been involved with Wales.
“You have to be doing well for your club to play. We have a few players ready to step in at anytime.
“It’s probably two elevens that can go out and be very strong; the strength in depth is fantastic.”
“From what we’ve seen already the younger players seem to be a good set of lads, down to earth and always listening.
“Talent wise an unbelievable set of players, we are just trying to fuse together and see what happens.”
On new call-up Joe Rodon: “He’s doing well I know him from Swansea. He’s a nice kid and we made him sing again.
“He sang something, I cant remember what it was but it was rubbish anyway!”
Playing at the Principality Stadium again
“It’s impressive when you go out there, the roof is closed and it has changed a bit since I was here last.
“It’s something different for a lot of the guys, a few of us have played with the roof closed but everyone wants to play some part tomorrow.”
“I played a few games here and as a pro you want to play in the best stadiums in the world and this is definitely one of them.
“We are expecting more fans and they will make a lot of noise and give us that help we need.”
“It won’t be full, so it will be a different atmosphere [to the CCS]. The Cardiff City Stadium feels like home, we are always keen to play matches there.
“It’s a friendly here and I’m sure the fans will come out and make a lot of noise.”
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