Gareth Bale revealed that Wales will be buoyed by the Turkish supporters during their second game in Baku. Turkish will represent the majority of the 34,000 fans expected at the stadium. Azerbaijan has close ties with Turkey further contributing to the supporters.
“I think it is good to be playing in front of big crowds. Obviously, we would prefer to be playing in front of 34,000 Wales fans, but it is not meant to be.” Wales captain Gareth Bale said. “If anything, it kind of spurs us on to be a bit more ruthless on the pitch, and hopefully we can keep them silent.”
Bale also said that it was nice to have fans back in stadiums following the reduced COVID restrictions. Each stadium will have supporters based on the restrictions in the country. He described it as normality being restored.
“Whenever I have played in Turkey before the atmosphere has been incredible.” he added. “Of course we understand they are going to be cheering on the Turkish team, but to be playing in these tournaments you want to be playing in front of crowds.”
Wales will take on Turkey after earning a hard earned draw in their opener against Switzerland. Turkey on the other hand will look to recover after a heartbreaking 3-0 loss against Italy. They were deemed as the dark horses and captain Burak Yilmaz revealed that the team were ‘broken’ after the defeat.
“The two days following the game we were very fragile and broken,” Lille striker Yilmaz said. “It was a really undesirable start, we had meetings with the coach and he supported us. After the other two teams drew, we started to feel better and back to normal. We were really tired and negative after the Italy game, but we still cling to the group and have the target and belief [to qualify].”