Wales ace Ben Davies wants another “crazy” Amsterdam night after Spurs epic

Ben Davies experienced one of the “craziest” nights of his career in Amsterdam and is plotting more glory there this weekend.

The defender was part of Spurs’ side who fought back from 3-0 down on aggregate at the Johan Cruyff Arena to reach the Champions League final in 2019.

Lucas Moura scored an incredible 96th-minute equaliser to cap an astonishing fightback as Tottenham progressed on away goals.

Now Davies is ready to return to the same venue in the Dutch capital this weekend with Wales for their last 16 tie on Saturday.

He doesn’t care how Wales win as long as they reach the quarter-finals.

But Davies admits ideally he would settle for a little less drama this time around.

Wales skipper Gareth Bale and defender Ben Davies

Davies, 28, smiled: “It was a pretty crazy night that one. If we can do something similar again I will definitely take it. I would prefer it go a lot more smoothly for us than that game though. It looks like we have a decent chance next round.”

Former Swansea youngster Davies has been one of Wales’ most consistent performers since making his international debut in October 2012.

He has since won 63 caps in total for his country and was a mainstay of the side who reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Davies added: “After the last tournament there was maybe a bit more pressure on us, pressure we had put on ourselves to try and repeat what we did.

“Getting out of the group, I don’t think too many people gave us a chance before. It is an incredible achievement for us. Now we go again and the fun starts.”

Ben Davies in action for Wales in the group stage against Turkey
Ben Davies in action for Wales in the group stage against Turkey

But Davies agrees with team-mate Aaron Ramsey’s assessment that Wales need to be more consistent.

They were outplayed by Switzerland in their opener when they were fortunate to get a late 1-1 draw from Kieffer Moore’s header.

Then they blew away Turkey 2-0 with a fine display before being completely dominated by Italy despite the hosts making eight changes.

Davies admitted: “I don’t think it was our best performance by any stretch but that is football.

“Sometimes you have to grind results out.

“We played well against Turkey but in the other two games we know there is a lot more to come from us.

Ben Davies has been a vital player for Wales in defence
Ben Davies has been a vital player for Wales in defence

“That will be the case going forward.

“Over the years you say a team is a good team who picks up results when you are not playing so well.

“If there is room for improvement then there is a lot more to come for us.”

Wales could have snatched a draw in Italy had skipper Gareth Bale not blasted over a left-foot volley late on after previously missing a penalty against the Turks.

The nation’s record scorer has now not scored for 14 games stretching back to October 2019

But Davies insisted: “If he keeps getting chances he is going to get goals. We know he has that in him. But the rest of the team has clearly stood up. It is important we do that and it is everyone’s job. He missed one against Italy but maybe he can save it for the next round.”

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