Italy has looked dominant in their group in their two victories over Turkey and Switzerland. Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has played a vital role in Roberto Mancini’s squad, becoming a serious contender for Euro 2020.
Ahead of the final group stage match against Real Madrid and Wales winger Gareth Bale spoke to the media. Lazio News relayed the comments made by the 31-year-old, where he discussed their matchup against Italy.
Against Italy, it will be a significant challenge. They are a great national team; it’s always difficult to play for them. Tomorrow will be tough. What we can do is plan, prepare and give everything on the ground. Victory? Winning would be a great result. We will try to win. Nobody faces a game to lose or draw: we have a game plan, we think we can harm them.
Bale then discussed what it would mean to defeat Italy and finish at the top of Group A, heading into the knockout stages. Despite falling on hard times after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Italian national team appears to be rebounding with this Euro 2020 performance. As a result, the respect that many have for Italy seems to be returning, so a victory would be significant for Wales.
It is difficult to say where this victory would fit with respect to the successes at the club level. By winning, we would win the group and maybe have easier races. But it’s hard to say where it would stand, but it would be a proud moment for Wales. We will try to win the group, then playing at Wembley would be nice for our fans. Winning with Turkey is something we needed, now we are more confident: victories bring confidence, this will help us against a very strong Italy.
It won’t be easy for Wales if they look to defeat Italy. The Italians have scored six goals in their two matches while having yet to concede a goal.