With Wales’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign about to start on Tuesday night away in Andorra, Wales coach Osian Roberts said that the squad and the country as a whole was excited for the campaign ahead.
“There’s excitement in the squad and there’s excitement throughout the country for this opening game.
“The spirit among the players is very good and the competition for places between the players is also very strong,” said Roberts, who is also the Welsh Football Trust’s Technical Director.
In an extended interview with Sgorio looking ahead to the opening match against Andorra, Roberts warned that the game won’t be easy for Wales, despite facing a team among the dozen worst international sides in the world, according to the FIFA rankings.
“Tuesday night is going to be a difficult game,” said Roberts.
“We’re aware of the expectations but the expectations we put on ourselves are high.
“The performance is important: if we get the performance and everyone plays to the level we need, and the level that’s expected of them, then of course we’re hopeful we’ll get the three points.
“But we’re also aware that it’s going to be a difficult game. It’s going to be very difficult to break them down, so we need to go about the game in the correct manner or we’re going to be disappointed.”
The extended interview with Sgorio is available above in its entirety.
On this day in 1956 Portsmouth took on Newcastle United in the first Football League match played under floodlights.