Wales will do well at the Euro 2016 and nobody should be surprised…
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on June 9, 2016
Wales had a fantastic qualifying campaign, accumulating 21 points out of a possible 30 and losing just 1 game in 10. They are now on the way to their only major tournament since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, where they managed to reach the quarter-finals.
A lot of credit has to go to Chris Coleman; despite failing to qualify World Cup 2014 and as a result being the subject to a lot of scrutiny, Coleman has transformed the national team into quite a force. This is no longer little Wales that live for the friendlies, this is a force that other nations should be scared of.
Wales’ success is largely based around their defence; they qualified with the 4th best defence in Europe, conceding 4 goals in 10 games (just behind Romania (2), England (3) and Spain (3)). Ashley Williams and James Chester have formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the defence, accompanied by the likes of Chris Gunter, Ben Davies, Neil Taylor and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, the Wales defence really does act as a strong unit. It is extremely hard to predict exactly how the Wales defence will line up in France, Chris Coleman has been very quick to adapt his approach to certain games; he chose to play 3 at the back against Belgium, 5 at the back against Bosnia and 4 at the back against Cyprus. What you can expect is their opponents to find it immensely difficult to break them down.
When you have a player of Gareth Bale’s calibre, anything is possible. He is the absolute definition of a game changer. You just know that at any minute he could deliver something out of this world and turn the game on its head. That’s exactly what Coleman will be looking for; most nations don’t have a single player that could even compare to Bale, as an England supporter myself, I can honestly say I am terrified of playing Wales next Thursday.
Along with the likes of Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Jonny Williams, Premier League champion Andy King and Sam Vokes, Wales have a great chance to progress through to the latter knock-out stages of the competition.
If Wales do manage to top the group, which is not beyond the realms of possibility, they could be facing one of the 3rd placed sides, a clear ticket to the quarter-finals, in fact even if Wales finished 2nd in the group, as most expect they will, the likelihood is that they will be facing Austria, a game that most would expect them to win.
I am not saying that Wales are going to win the Euro 2016, however if they can stay strong at the back and let Gareth Bale produce the magic we all know he is capable of, Wales will do well at the Euro 2016 and nobody should be surprised.