Bale de­fends Giggs progress

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Football - By Phil Blanche

Gareth Bale has re­sponded to fierce crit­i­cism of Wales’s re­cent per­for­mances by in­sist­ing they are mak­ing progress un­der Ryan Giggs.

Bale res­cued Wales on Fri­day with a late win­ner in the 2-1 vic­tory over Azer­bai­jan. The goal kept hopes of au­to­matic Euro 2020 qual­i­fi­ca­tion alive, cut­ting the gap to Group E pace­set­ters Croa­tia and Hun­gary to three points.

Asked if Wales were im­prov­ing, Bale said: “Yes. I think we’re still work­ing on things. There’s things we’re im­prov­ing on. We’re work­ing on his style of play, what he wants us to do and some­times it does take a bit of time.”

Bale – who is not play­ing next week­end as he serves a one-match sus­pen­sion at Real Madrid – is fit for the Be­larus friendly and could start.

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur de­fender Ben Davies and Charl­ton Ath­letic mid­fielder Jonny Wil­liams are likely to be re­called.

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