FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Gareth Bale Praises Caretaker Boss Robert Page After “Massive” Win Over Czech Republic


Gareth Bale has praised Wales caretaker coach Robert Page for retaining the workforce targeted regardless of off-the-field distractions and securing a “massive win” over the Czech Republic in a 2022 World Cup qualifier. Manchester United ahead Daniel James’s objective secured a 1-0 win over the Czechs on Tuesday. The victory moved Wales as much as third place in Group E, one level behind the Czech Republic in second and 4 adrift of leaders Belgium, having performed one sport fewer than each.

It was a much-needed tonic for Wales whose fundamental coach Ryan Giggs stays away from the workforce as a consequence of his arrest on suspicion of assaulting a lady final 12 months.

Giggs denies the allegations and has been bailed till May 1.

As if that wasn’t sufficient of a distraction, gamers Hal Robson-Kanu, Rabbi Matondo and Tyler Roberts have been axed from the squad on Monday for staying up too late and breaking a curfew on the workforce lodge.

Matondo and team-mate Ben Cabango have been additionally racially abused on-line following Wales’ pleasant win over Mexico on Saturday.

“Pagey has kept us focused despite what is going on off the field,” Bale instructed Sky Sports.

“The win is just what we needed.”

Only the group winners will qualify routinely for the finals in Qatar, with the workforce ending second going into the play-offs.

Belgium, the world’s number-one ranked facet, are the overwhelming favourites to high the group, whereas Wales have already all-but assured themselves a play-off after successful their Nations League group final November.

A spot on the finals would set the seal on Bale’s worldwide profession as he instructed on Monday this could be his final qualifying marketing campaign.

Bale, at the moment on mortgage at Tottenham from Real Madrid, has the delayed Euros to look ahead to later this 12 months however he will likely be 33 by the point the World Cup finals get underway.

“We didn’t get off to the best start against Belgium so it was massively important to get the win tonight,” he mentioned.


“It was a massive result. We showed a lot of heart and desire to match a very physical team.

“It was very chaotic, particularly second half, however we have been prepared and saved going till the top and a very powerful factor is to get that winner.”

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