Gareth Bale says Wales want to beat Italy to reward fans with trip to Wembley


Gareth Bale has said Wales are eager to record a famous victory over Italy and reward their fans with a trip to Wembley.

Wales can win the last 16 draws at Wembley next Saturday if they manage to reverse the odds of giving Italy their first loss in 30 games and dominating their group.

Around 400 Welsh fans have defied government advice to come to Baku to support them in their first two games and Bale knows the red wall will come down on Wembley by the thousands.

He says it’s a big push for him and his teammates ahead of Sunday’s deciding game at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

“Yes, I think for the Welsh fans being able to come and see us is really something we would like to see,” said the Real Madrid star.

Bale wants to celebrate times like beating Turkey in front of the Red Wall

“The goal for us tomorrow is to try to win the game and dominate the group, and that means the next game would be at Wembley, which would be great for the Welsh fans.

“It would be a great result if we could win the game and our goal is to win the game.

“None of us have ever been in a game trying not to win or to get a draw.

“We have a game plan, we think we can hurt them, but obviously at night we have to be as good as possible.”

Bale claims he wouldn’t hesitate to take another penalty if Wales got a shot on goal against Italy, despite their failure against Turkey.

“I’m happy to take penalties,” he said. “It’s a decision the manager has to make, but if I am asked to redouble, I would have no problem taking another penalty.”

Aaron Ramsey returns to Italy after a frustrating season at Juventus, hampered by injury, and Bale says the midfielder star is playing as well as ever for Wales.

Bale organized Ramsey’s first game against Turkey and says they complement each other well on the pitch.

“He hasn’t played too much for us in this campaign, but when he came in he always worked hard,” he said.

“It’s great to have around. We have played together for so many years that we have a very good understanding of the pitch.

“It’s good to have him back and I’m sure he will make another great performance against Italy.”

Wales boss Rob Page insists Ramsey has nothing to prove against the Azzurri as he has already shown himself to be world class.

“I don’t think he has anything to prove,” he said. “I was blown away by him. This is the first real camp I have had with him and I couldn’t be more complimentary about him.

“Not only did he score important goals, but defensively I thought he was exceptional.

“He loves his football, he plays with a smile on that face and it’s great to see. It’s a shame he doesn’t play football week after week because you want to see the best players in the world on the grass.


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