Nothing But Perfection Will Do For Wales In Euro 2022 Quest

Nothing But Perfection Will Do For Wales In Euro 2022 Quest

By Steffan Thomas

Wales must execute the perfect performance to have any chance of toppling table-topping Norway tonight, according to manager Jayne Ludlow.

Norway are currently in pole position to qualify for Euro 2022 with Wales four points behind in second spot in Group C, while this afternoon’s visitors also have a game in hand.

But it is crucial Wales hold onto second position as it will ensure them a play-off place at the very least.

“It’s a top level game for us so we’re excited,” said Ludlow.

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“We will have to be at our best. But my players want to compete and come out on top and if we do that, there is no reason we can’t come out of it with a positive result.

“To beat them everything would have to go right for us but I have lots of respect for how my players compete.

“I have some tough decisions to make with selection and that’s a great thing. It’s nice to have everyone available.”

Wales will be heartened by their performance in Oslo last month where they were only narrowly beaten by a strong Norwegian side.

After only missing out on a spot at the World Cup finals in the last qualifying game Wales are determined to take the next step.

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“It was a tough one to take in Oslo,” said Wales defender Rhiannon Roberts.

“We did a lot of things right, and it was bittersweet as we did play well and created opportunities, but it was disappointing that we couldn’t come away with something.

“It’s going to be a good game on Tuesday and I really do believe that this is our time.

“You’ve got to go up and compete against these big teams if you want to qualify, and this group of players love to rise to the challenge.

“If we’re going to play against these big teams in the finals then we have to stand up and compete against them in the qualifying rounds.

“We’re pretty much a full-time squad and we’ve got such a good chance to qualify now. We’re going to do everything we can to do that.”

Qualified so far

England (hosts), Germany, Netherlands (holders)

How qualifying works

The group winners and the three runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections will join hosts England in the final tournament.

The other six runners-up will play off in April for the remaining three berths in the 16-team finals.


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