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Bale determined to show how Wales have evolved in crunch clash with Denmark

Gareth Bale has warned Denmark they will find Wales much harder opponents on Saturday.

The Danes beat Wales home and away in 2018 in the Nations League including 2-0 in Aarhus when Christian Eriksen scored twice.

Ryan Giggs was the Wales boss at the time but Rob Page is now in charge.

While Denmark will be without Eriksen after his shocking heart-attack in their opener against Finland.

Record scorer and skipper Bale is relieved Eriksen has recovered and says the Dragons have improved enormously in the last three years as their youngsters have developed.

Bale, 31, who has 33 goals in 95 games for his country, said: “The last time we played them we were maybe in a transition where younger players were coming in.

“I think our team now has got more players.

“We have got better with time and improved as a team and are more comfortable with each other.

Bale and his teammates trained in the Amsterdam ArenA on Friday

“I feel that is the difference and hopefully we can prove that on the pitch that we are a much better team.

“I think we all knew what they could do as players otherwise they wouldn’t be in the team.

“They have handled the situation and occasion very well.

“They have done fantastic, there are still games to go but I am sure they are going to keep performing and keep pushing themselves.

“We have done our homework this week and we have a game-plan.

“Come Saturday it’s down to us on the pitch to do the job.

“We want to try and do as best as we can.

“I am looking forward to it, if we are not excited for these games we probably shouldn’t be here.

“It is another big challenge, we know Denmark are a big team and well organised.

“They won’t be underestimated by us and we are looking to put another good performance in.

“It is nice to keep testing yourself on the highest level and be in the big games.

“You enjoy these games.

“All of us are excited to get going.

“Hopefully we can put a great performance in and get the job done.”

Denmark's players will provide Wales with a tough test
Denmark’s players will provide Wales with a tough test

Bale was an integral member of Wales’ side five years ago which reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016.

Now there are growing hopes Wales can again do something special in the tournament.

But Bale has sounded a note of caution and urged his team-mates just to focus on getting past Denmark.

“We don’t need to be dreaming about anything other than playing the game,” he added.

“We are just looking forward to the game and don’t need to look at anything past that.

Bale insists Wales will be ready for the challenge
Bale insists Wales will be ready for the challenge

“I am sure we will be ready.

“We have to make sure we perform as players and we have been doing that.”

Bale produced two fantastic assists in Wales’ 2-0 win over Turkey after drawing their opener with Switzerland.

But the Real Madrid attacker is yet to score after missing a penalty against the Turks.

He also blasted a glorious late chance over on his left-foot against Italy in a 1-0 loss.

Bale, whose last international goal was way back in October 2019, has not scored for 14 internationals.

But the star insists he will take one if today’s tie goes to spot-kicks.

He added: “If penalties are required, I am sure all the boys will be willing to step up for our country.

“We practise them all the time.”




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