Mancini mocks the Wales national team .. and Gareth Bale responds strongly
Italy coach Roberto Mancini and Wales star Gareth Bale anticipate the upcoming meeting between the two countries in the European Nations Championship, Sunday, with “fiery” statements. “I expect Wales to perform similar to what Stoke City did in the Premier League, and they are a team with technical skills that could cause us problems,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said in a press conference held on Saturday. Sports analysts considered that Mancini’s comparison of the Wales national team with Stoke City, which plays in the English second division, and is known for its defensive style, bears a cynical character. In response to Mancini’s comment, Gareth Bale said: “I did not know before that Stoke City was so good,” according to the Spanish newspaper “AS”. The Welsh national team star added: “We are ready to challenge Italy, and we will try to win and qualify for the final price at the top, in order to stay here and play the last 16 match at Wembley Stadium in London, because it will be a good thing for our fans.” Regarding the upcoming confrontation, Bale explained: “Now we have more confidence in our capabilities and ability, confidence comes with victories, and this will help us against a very strong Italy team, and the match will be difficult, because Italy plays attacking football, but this does not mean that it does not have weaknesses, there are There are some aspects that we can take advantage of, and I hope we can play in an integrated way.” For his part, Wales coach Robert Page considered that Mancini’s statements do not affect him or his team, stressing that the comparison with Stoke City does not bother him. Italy is currently at the top of Group A after two consecutive victories with one score 3-0 over Turkey and Switzerland. Italy have not lost 29 consecutive matches in all competitions since the 1-0 defeat to Portugal in September 2018. And if it avoids losing to Wales, Italy will equal its longest record in consecutive matches without defeat, which is 30 matches, which it previously recorded between 1935 and 1939, according to “Reuters”.