Wales captain Bale needs to play regularly before World Cup, says manager

7/6/2022 8:28:00 PM

Wales captain Bale needs to play regularly before World Cup, says manager

Wales captain Bale needs to play regularly before World Cup, says manager

CARDIFF : Wales manager Rob Page says captain Gareth Bale needs to play regularly at club level next season if he is to lead the country at their first World Cup in 64 years.The 32-year-old Bale led Wales to a first World Cup since 1958 as they beat Ukraine 1-0 in their playoff in Cardiff on Sunday but he

LinkedIn CARDIFF : Wales manager Rob Page says captain Gareth Bale needs to play regularly at club level next season if he is to lead the country at their first World Cup in 64 years.LinkedIn CARDIFF: Gareth Bale hailed Wales' qualification for a first World Cup since 1958 as the greatest result in their history after a 1-0 win over Ukraine in Cardiff cruelly denied the war-torn nation a place in Qatar.Djokovic criticises 'crazy' Wimbledon ban on Russians, Belarusians Bale has reserved his best for international duty in recent years and will now get the chance to add a World Cup to a glorious career.Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Final - Wales v Ukraine - Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - June 5, 2022 Wales' Neco Williams and manager Rob Page celebrate after qualifying for the World Cup Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Final - Wales v Ukraine - Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - June 5, 2022 Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates after qualifying for the World Cup REUTERS/Rebecca Naden 06 Jun 2022 02:01AM.

The 32-year-old Bale led Wales to a first World Cup since 1958 as they beat Ukraine 1-0 in their playoff in Cardiff on Sunday but he is without a club after leaving Real Madrid, where his playing time had been limited by injury."He understands what he needs to do."The result is the greatest result in history of Welsh football," said Bale, who previously led his country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.Gareth's problems in the past have been when he's not playing week in, week out,” said Page at a news conference on Tuesday.The pattern continued into the second half as Rob Page's men were pinned back inside their own half."There was the Belarus game when he was undercooked coming into camp and ended up getting a little tweak in his calf, so he understands he needs to play."I'm speechless because we're so happy.“That will be his plan.

I'm not lying when I say I haven't got a clue what he's doing.Words can't describe our feelings at the moment.A last-ditch challenge from Ben Davies then prevented Yarmolenko the shot at redemption.I haven't had that conversation yet,” added Page on the eve of the Nations League clash against the Netherlands in Cardiff on Wednesday.“It's up to him and his family to decide what's best for him to get him in the right frame of mind for November.Oleksandr Petrakov's men deserved much more from another exceptionally composed performance under the strain of carrying the hopes of a people devastated by Russian aggression."It's going to be as simple as that.The last time Wales were at a World Cup they were eliminated by a goal for Brazil by 17-year-old Pele in the quarter-finals.It might even be as short term as that."I want to say sorry we didn't score but this is sport.

He's worked ever so hard throughout his career.He's the ultimate professional and he's earned the right to lead our country at a World Cup.However, they were made to pay for some wayward finishing, one moment of misfortune and a heroic goalkeeping performance from Wayne Hennessey, who made nine saves.More On This Topic."Whatever he does from now until then is really important for him to get himself in the very best physical condition." Bale played just 20 minutes of club football between March’s World Cup playoff semi-final win over Austria and Sunday’s victory over Ukraine, where his free kick was deflected into the net to ensure a 1-0 victory."The keeper from Wales did an unbelievable job.But Page said it would be unrealistic to pick Bale for the World Cup if he was not playing at a club next season.

"I still think he can play in the Premier League." BIG GAME BALE Wales had barely threatened the Ukrainian goal in the first half, but in Bale have a star capable of changing the course of matches in an instant.I think he's got a lot to offer.I see it daily.Bale has reserved his best for international duty in recent years and will now get the chance to add a World Cup to a glorious career.But whatever level he goes into it needs to have that competitive edge to it, where he's training with a group of people day in day out and then playing the games as well."You can do all the training in the world but it doesn't replicate what you face in a game," the Wales manager added."In big matches he delivered for us," said Wales manager Rob Page.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Toby Davis) Source: Reuters.

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