Giggs chirpy at Euro draw

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Bucharest

– Wales coach Ryan Giggs (above) joked Satur­day that the best way of beat­ing Italy at Euro 2020 would be if they “play the re­serves”.

Re­turn­ing to the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships for just the sec­ond time, Wales were placed with Italy, Tur­key and Switzer­land in Group A in the draw in Bucharest.

The Welsh will play their first two games in the Azer­bai­jani cap­i­tal Baku be­fore fac­ing Italy, who are back in form af­ter miss­ing the 2018 World Cup fi­nals, in their fi­nal group match in Rome.

“Italy are the stand­out team in our group. It won’t be easy but if we have all our play­ers we’ll compete against all of them,” Giggs said.

“Hope­fully when we play Italy they will have six points al­ready and will play the re­serves.”

Giggs said he was re­lieved not to be in a tough-look­ing Group F that fea­tures World Cup hold­ers France, three-time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Ger­many and hold­ers Por­tu­gal.

“We knew we were go­ing to be in group A or B but I loved that we were not in Group F.”

Wales had never qual­i­fied for a Euro­pean cham­pi­onships be­fore 2016 and the for­mer Manch­ester United star said he was de­ter­mined to show his na­tion of just over three mil­lion peo­ple be­long at ma­jor tour­na­ments.

“I think that’s re­ally im­por­tant.. so of­ten for me as a player we would get nearly there and then the next cam­paign we would be nowhere near.

“So the last three tour­na­ments now, qual­i­fy­ing in the Eu­ros, nearly there in the World Cup and now qual­i­fy­ing again in the Eu­ros, that is where we want to be as a coun­try. We want to be at ma­jor tour­na­ments.” – AFP

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