Ryan Giggs provided a double boost because Wales avoids Italy at the opening of the Euro 2020 competition and Gareth Bale makes a rare start for Real Madrid
- Ryan Giggs says he was delighted to have a opening of Euro 2020 prevent trip to Italy
- The manager of Wales also likes to play two games in Baku
- He got another boost as star man Gareth Bale made a rare Real Madrid start
Before the draw in Bucharest, Giggs knew that Wales would be placed in group A or B, but floating in the former group next to Italy, Turkey and Switzerland was ideal, especially since the order of the games means they are first confronted with Switzerland, while Italy and Turkey fight it out in the first match of the entire tournament in Rome on 12 June.
& # 39; We wanted to prevent Italy from playing in the first game in Rome and we did, Giggs said.
& # 39; Italy becomes favorite, so the rest of us is pretty competitive and we will probably all fight for second place.
& # 39; We play Italy in the last game in Rome, which is difficult because they have come back in a big way and have won 10 qualifications.
& # 39; But it's good to play the first two games in Baku. I am happy with that.
& # 39; We won there a few weeks ago (against Azerbaijan) and playing consecutive games means we don't have all the extra journeys, Baku to Rome and then Baku again.
& # 39; We can base ourselves there and get used to the heat and the facilities. Hopefully they will adopt us as their second country, after having been there a few times, and support us. & # 39;
Giggs & # 39; second piece of hospitable news cam from Spain, where Bale made a rare start for Real, as she defeated Alaves 2-1 up La Liga.
Bale was criticized in Spain for posing with a banner with the text & # 39; Wales, Golf, Real Madrid & # 39; if that was the order of his priorities.
Giggs acknowledges that he needs his main player in regular action.
& # 39; I want to see all of my players play so that when they come to the camp, you no longer have to worry about fitness or worry about turning them off after 60 or 70 minutes . That is all I hope for.
& # 39; Where they play does not matter, preferably in good clubs and Gareth is one of the largest in the world.
& # 39; He has not played before they come to the last few camps a lot, but he has done brilliantly for us and because of his ability, fitness and passion he can do it, but it is not ideal. & # 39;
Bale has been associated with a move away from Madrid in January, but Giggs & # 39; comments suggest that he would not want him to join the Chinese League to join this prepare for a tournament.