Wales captain Gareth Bale says his goal drought for his nation “does not matter” and insists he’s nonetheless contributing to the group in different methods.
Robert Web page is main Wales into solely their third main worldwide event – aiming to emulate the success achieved underneath Chris Coleman – with their first recreation of the competitors against Switzerland in Baku on Saturday.
Bale, 31, final scored for his nation against Croatia in October 2019, however he has created 4 targets in his earlier seven appearances and says he is “not anxious” about not getting on the scoresheet in latest video games.
“It does not matter. I’ve made assists. I am nonetheless contributing. I am not anxious,” Bale mentioned on the pre-match press convention on Friday.
“If the probabilities come up to attain, hopefully I can take it,” he added.
Web page, who will take cost of the aspect throughout the event as Ryan Giggs is dealing with trial in England subsequent yr, has backed Wales’ all-time goalscorer to as soon as once more ship for his nation.
“It isn’t the top of the world. If he isn’t scoring he is supplying targets,” Web page mentioned.
“If he isn’t scoring it is vital he is establishing targets, and he is doing that.”
Bale is one of eight survivors from Wales’ squad that went on a semi-final run on the Euros 5 years in the past, the place they have been knocked out by eventual winners Portugal, and says there “must be expectations” across the aspect going into this summer season’s event.
“It is related (to Euro 2016) coming into the event,” mentioned the Actual Madrid ahead, who spent final season on mortgage at Tottenham.
“On the again of 2016 there must be expectations, but it surely’s a distinct group and a distinct event.”
Wales’ different two Group A rivals Italy and Turkey met in Rome on Friday evening, with the Italians coming away with a 3-0 victory.
In contrast to fellow dwelling nations England and Scotland, Wales won’t host any video games at Euro 2020, with their second group-stage match against Turkey additionally in Baku on Wednesday earlier than they journey to Rome to face Italy on Sunday.
“We all know it is a troublesome group to get out of,” Bale mentioned, with the highest two finishers in every group and the 4 finest third-placed finishers progressing to the final 16.
“They’re all troublesome groups to play against, however we have to take one recreation at a time.
“We’re very excited to be right here and someday away. I really feel advantageous and able to give 100 per cent for my nation, as I at all times do.”
Wales rested Aaron Ramsey for the 2 pre-tournament warm-up video games against France and Albania and the Juventus midfielder sat out Thursday’s coaching session.
Nevertheless, Web page says there aren’t any issues over Ramsey, 30, who additionally missed the Italian membership’s 5 closing video games of the Serie A marketing campaign with health points.
“There aren’t any points with Aaron in anyway. He did not prepare yesterday. That was at all times half of the plan,” Web page mentioned.
“We labored backwards from Switzerland. Aaron has at all times been half of the method.
“He mentioned yesterday he is in a great place. That is nice information for us,” he added.
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