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Ben Davies: ‘Ryan Giggs criticism is unfair’

Ben Davies insists the criticism of Wales manager Ryan Giggs after hurtful back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifying defeats is unfair. Wales’ hopes of making the finals next summer were dealt a severe setback with losses to Croatia and Hungary in the space of four days. Giggs’ side now trail Group E leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, and are three adrift of Slovakia and Croatia in the race for a top-two spot. Ryan Giggs is under pressure after successive defeats dropped Wales to fourth place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group (Joe Giddens/PA) The Old Trafford great has had to shoulder the blame from most Welsh fans puzzled by the fact he has not profited from the attacking talents of Gareth Bale, David Brooks and new Manchester United winger Daniel James. R...

Ryan Giggs defends Gareth Bale after missed opportunity for Wales

Ryan Giggs absolved Gareth Bale of any blame after Wales‘ Euro 2020 qualification hopes were dented by a 1-0 defeat in Hungary. Bale, who has not scored for three months, missed a golden opportunity to put Wales ahead on the hour, tamely chipping at goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from 12 yards when completely unmarked. It was to prove a costly miss as midfielder Mate Patkai grabbed the winner 10 minutes from time, leaving Wales trailing Group E leaders Hungary by six points. Gareth Bale missed Wales’ best chance of the match in Budapest (Joe Giddens/PA) Wales needed a big performance from Bale to revive their Euro 2020 hopes, but the Real Madrid forward looked lethargic throughout and struggled to make an impression on the game. “You have seen it in both games, a lot of the pla...

Ryan Giggs: ‘Wales must win all five remaining games to reach Euro 2020’

Ryan Giggs responded to defeat in Hungary by conceding Wales must probably win their five remaining group games to make the finals of Euro 2020. Wales lost to a late Mate Patkai goal in Budapest, their second defeat in the space of four days and one which leaves them off the pace in Group E. Giggs’ side trail leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, and are three behind Slovakia and Croatia in the race for a top-two spot. “We have to probably win nearly every game now,” Giggs said after the back-to-back defeats in Croatia and Hungary. “I know it’s early doors and there are still a lot of points, but we have made it really difficult for ourselves. “We are probably relying on teams around us to drop points, which they will do because it is competitive. “Obviously we have to...

Giggs banking on Bale to end an unhappy season on a high in Hungary

Ryan Giggs says Gareth Bale has shaken off his end-of-season rust and is ready to finish the campaign on a high with Wales. Giggs’ side meet Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday, with precious Euro 2020 qualifying points at stake. Wales hope to claw back the three-point deficit on Group E leaders Hungary and are looking to captain Bale to end his goal drought at the Groupama Arena. Gareth Bale has not scored in his last nine appearances for club and country (Adam Davy/PA) The Real Madrid star has gone three months without a goal for club and country, and has suffered huge frustration in Spain after losing his first-team place towards the end of the season. “I was happy with Gareth’s performance in Croatia,” Giggs said of the 2-1 defeat in Osijek on Saturday which dropped Wales to third place in ...

Giggs not focusing on threat of racism in Hungary

Ryan Giggs has brushed aside fears that his Wales players could be the target for racism during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary. Some 3,000 seats will be unfilled at Budapest’s Groupama Arena on Tuesday after UEFA ordered a partial stadium closure following the behaviour of Hungary supporters in Slovakia in March. Hungary fans were found guilty of racist behaviour, vandalism and the setting off of fireworks, and the Hungarian Football Federation must display a banner with the wording ‘EqualGame’ on it in the closed sector on Tuesday. The Groupama Arena will be partly empty when Wales visit (Tim Goode/PA) “There will be less fans in the stadium, but I understand it’s a very good atmosphere,” Giggs said when asked about the threat of racism from Hungary fans. “I’ve talked before ab...

Ryan Giggs backs “exciting” Daniel James to succeed at Manchester United

Wales manager Ryan Giggs insists Daniel James’ impending move to Manchester United has not disrupted preparations for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia. James was at United’s Carrington training ground on Thursday morning ahead of his transfer from Swansea, just hours before Wales flew to Osijek for Saturday’s meeting with the World Cup finalists. The 21-year-old winger is set to complete the switch, which is understood to be in the region of £18million, including add-ons, next week after Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier in Hungary. “We had a relaxed day on Thursday,” Giggs said when asked if James’ United medical had forced him to miss training. “That’s how we structured the week, to get the work in early and then Thursday was just a case of going through a few things.” Giggs was clear ...

Giggs urges referees to take players off the field if Wales suffer racist abuse

Ryan Giggs says referees must be prepared to take teams off the field should Wales players suffer racial abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifiers with Croatia and Hungary. Wales will next week become the first British side to play in the Balkans since Montenegro supporters racially abused England players in March. Danny Rose, Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were particularly targeted as the tarnished stock of the Balkans’ football fans fell further. Raheem Sterling was a victim of racial abuse during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro in March (Nick Potts/PA) Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia – who Wales play in Osijek next Saturday – have all had problems in recent years with their supporters guilty of racial abuse. Croatia played England behind close doors in Rijeka last...

Ryan Giggs explains Ben Davies absence

Tottenham defender Ben Davies heads into the Champions League final facing the prospect of summer surgery and will sit out Wales‘ Euro 2020 qualifiers in Croatia and Hungary. Wales manager Ryan Giggs revealed Davies has been troubled by a groin issue this season but he has battled on, with Spurs’ historic campaign ending in Saturday’s European showpiece occasion against Liverpool in Madrid. “Ben has had an issue with his groin throughout the season,” Giggs said as he named a 28-man squad also without injured Juventus-bound midfielder Aaron Ramsey. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 For Croatia (8 June) & Hungary (11 June)… #YWalGoch #TheRedWall #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/L99MGICUAw — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) May 29, 2019 “I left Ben out of the squad back in November...

Ryan Giggs, Paul Gascoigne and the greatest FA Cup semi-finals

The FA Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with Brighton facing the daunting task of dumping red-hot favourites Manchester City out of the competition to meet either Watford or Wolves in the final. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look back at some of the key moments which have helped to decide classic last-four encounters in the past. 🔙 in 1️⃣9️⃣9️⃣9️⃣ 🆚 @Arsenal 1-2 @ManUTD 🔥 An iconic extra time wonder goal from Ryan Giggs saw @ManUtd reach the final! 👀 One of the greatest moments in #FACup history? pic.twitter.com/8mSjwyPxBj — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) March 31, 2019 Ryan Giggs left Manchester United fans with a treasure trove of memories when he finally hung up his boots, but few more sensational than the goal which secured the club’s place in the 1999 ...

Wales boss Ryan Giggs lauds “intelligent” Daniel James

Ryan Giggs believes Wales‘ youngsters passed a major examination in getting their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a winning start. Daniel James’ fifth-minute strike gave Wales a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in Cardiff, and the confident Dragons might have added to their lead before the interval. But Wales, who had seven players with fewer than 10 caps in the starting line-up, had to withstand late pressure before securing three points at the Cardiff City Stadium. 🎥🗣 | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1-0 🇸🇰 | REACTION Ryan Giggs on the win 😀#WALSVK pic.twitter.com/H0RftuEAYK — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) March 24, 2019 “We are going to learn from that because we were put under pressure at the end,” said Wales manager Giggs. “I challenged the players to keep more clean sheets because we f...

Ryan Giggs delighted with Wales’ “perfect” start to Euro 2020 qualifying

Wales boss Ryan Giggs hailed match-winner Daniel James‘ “fantastic” performance after his early goal sunk Slovakia at Cardiff City Stadium. The Swansea winger marked his first competitive international start with a fifth-minute strike as Wales got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a winning start. James, who has established a growing reputation in the Sky Bet Championship this season, robbed Slovakia right-back Peter Pekarik on the edge of the area before drilling a shot past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka as Wales triumphed 1-0. 👕 First competitive start ✔️⚽️ First goal ✔️🅦 Winning start to #EURO2020 qualifying ✔️ What an afternoon for @Daniel_James_97! pic.twitter.com/6qYZJSwgWI — UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) March 24, 2019 “He has brought his club fo...

Ryan Giggs praises “threat” Ben Woodburn after Wales winner

Liverpool striker Ben Woodburn has been advised by Wales boss Ryan Giggs to put his troubled season behind him and keep showing his natural talent. Woodburn spared Wales’ blushes in Wrexham on Wednesday when his injury-time winner secured a 1-0 friendly victory over Trinidad & Tobago – the small Caribbean nation ranked 93rd in the world. It was the 19-year-old’s first goal in senior football since his sensational debut winner in a World Cup qualifier against Austria in September 2017. FT | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1-0 🇹🇹 | HAPPY SNAPS 📸 Goal snaps are always the best kind of photos! #WALTTO #TheRedWall pic.twitter.com/wkgLm2TQxH — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) March 20, 2019 And Woodburn’s delight was evident after a difficult time when his loan spell at Sheffield United turned sour and Live...

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