Real Madrid attacker Bale: Wales can't just rely on me

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by

Real Madrid attacker Bale: Wales can't just rely on me

Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale is fed-up with the focus being on him during Wales' Euros campaign.

Bale also indicated that his Wales teammates will do what it takes to win games as a team and do not put their egos ahead of the group.

"Of course, I have the experience of playing in big games and hostile games," said Bale.

"But it's not about me stepping up, it's about the team stepping up. Everyone always go on about individual performances - individual this and that, who scores and who does what.

"But the most important thing is we work hard collectively as a team, we attack and we deliver together. I've said it all through my Wales career, whether I'm scoring or not, that it doesn't matter who scores.

"Everyone's too driven by this individual performance thing when you can't do anything without your team-mates. We're just purely focused on doing everything as a team together."

Wales face Turkey at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, where the local fans are expected to support the Turkish team, but Bale will not intimidated by a possible hostile atmosphere.

"I think it's good to be playing in front of big crowds," added Bale.

"It will be nice to have that atmosphere at the stadium and get back to a bit of normality. Obviously we'd prefer to be playing in front of 34,000 Wales fans, but it's not meant to be.

"If anything, it kind of spurs us on to be a bit more ruthless on the pitch, and hopefully we can keep them silent."

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