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Bale dismisses Mancini's Stoke comparison as Wales target Italy upset

‘I never knew Stoke were that good,’ says the Welsh captain.

20/6/2021 10:40:00 AM

‘I never knew Stoke were that good,’ says the Welsh captain. FMTNews Bale

‘I never knew Stoke were that good,’ says the Welsh captain.

Gareth Bale expects a tough game against Italy. (AP pic)ROME: Wales captain Gareth Bale dismissed Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s comments likening the team to English club Stoke City and said they were ready to challenge them in today’s Euro 2020 meeting in Rome.

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Mancini, who spent 3-1/2 years as Manchester City manager between 2009 and 2013, is fully aware of the physical demands of a trip to Stoke who were a top-flight team then.Ahead of today’s game, the Italian said Stoke had a very tough style of play and he expected a similar test from Wales, adding Bale’s side also possessed the technical skills to trouble his team.

Asked for his reaction to Mancini’s comments, Bale told a news conference: “I never knew Stoke were that good.”Wales interim manager Robert Page said that he was not bothered by the comparison.“We’re fully focused on what we can do and how we can hurt teams. As I’ve said, I couldn’t be more proud of that (squad of) 26 and I’ll back them every day of the week.” headtopics.com

Italy are through to the last 16 after two wins from as many games, while Wales are also unbeaten in Group A with four points ahead of the final round of matches.“It’s going to be a big challenge. We have no doubt, even if that (unbeaten) record wasn’t there, Italy are a big footballing nation and always make games difficult,” Bale said.

“We’re under no illusions, it’s going to be a difficult game, but all we can do is plan, prepare and give it our all when we get on the pitch.“… It’s difficult to say where the game would rank if we won but it would for sure be a proud moment for all of us. A great result for Wales and one we’re going to try and do.”

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