Turkey v Wales: Euro 2020 – preparation live! | Football
An unchanged team from Wales …
Robert Page picks the same team that started against Switzerland, seemingly ending suggestions that he could switch to three at the rear for this game.
Senol Gunes makes two changes to his team in Turkey. Cengiz Under and Kaan Ayhan replace Merih Demiral and Yusuf Yazıcı.
Robert Page speaks …
“Having a positive start was important to us,” said the Wales coach in his team’s first game. “We go into every game to win. If four points are enough [to qualify], sparkly. If not, we will move on. We respect the teams that are in this group and competition, but we fear no one.
“I have 26 players who are eager and eager to play, but due to the atmosphere of the tournament [fitness] It is something we will have to watch out for.
“We have had great senior players, I have always said that. Where they come in is on the field, running the game. I am really impressed with the guys who have played championship football and have risen to this level. They have given more than a good account of themselves.
“It’s about getting your best XI on the field. Temperature is a factor, can the players sustain that in quick succession? We’ve only had one day to prepare for this one. Other than that, there will be no wholesale changes. “
Gareth Bale speaks
“We would have preferred to play in front of 34,000 Wales fans, but obviously it is not meant to be,” said the Welshman when asked about the hostile atmosphere his team will face tonight.
“To play in these tournaments, you want to play in front of the crowd. It will be good to have that atmosphere tomorrow at the stadium. If anything, it prompts us to be a little more ruthless on the field. Obviously we would love to put in a great performance and win, but at the end of the day it’s the result that counts. “
Please be honored by Elis James
Trapped in the backyard of his Welsh friend and partner Gwion’s home, when both and their fellow Refund Boys would rather be in Baku, Swansea City comedian, TV host, podcaster, and obsessive Elis James is writing a series of guest columns. for The Guardian during Euro 2020.
Readers in the UK and Ireland should check Elis James: Football Nation, his recent documentary series on the history of Welsh football. You can find all four episodes of what is clearly a massive labor of unconditional love on the BBC iPlayer.
Early team news
Robert Page made some bold calls before the Wales game against Switzerland, opting to select Danny Ward in goal ahead of Wayne Hennessey and choosing to play Kieffer Moore up front when many expected the target man to be a substitute. Both players rewarded the faith of their manager, Ward with a series of good saves and Moore with a draw, and it seems likely that they will start again tonight.
Senol Gunes could make several changes after his team’s lousy opening effort. Ozan Kabak can get in on defense, while a midfield adjustment will almost certainly be required to prevent his striker Burak Yilmaz from being too isolated up front, as he did against Italy. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Leicester City’s Cengiz Under start tonight.
Ben fisher is in Baku for The Guardian and wrote this preview before today’s game.
Group A: Turkey v Wales
The Baku Olympic Stadium is the venue for this Group A match between Turkey and Wales. The Turks could hardly have been more disappointing in their tough loss to Italy in their opening match, while it could be argued that Wales played a bit inside themselves and took a decent point against Switzerland.
Based solely on the evidence of Turkey’s lousy opening performance, Robert Page’s men should have little to fear tonight, but his opponents are unlikely to be that tame this time around.
Already on the defensive in Group A, Senol Gunes’s team is likely to have strong backing in the stadium, where the vast majority of the 30,000 expected spectators will be firmly behind Turkey. Kick-off in Baku is at 5pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and preparation.