Aaron Ramsey eager for Wales success after EURO 2016 – Y Clwb Pêl-droed
Aaron Ramsey has said Wales are eager to achieve success again as they prepare for their opener against Switzerland on Saturday.
Ramsey saw personal success when he was named to the UEFA tournament squad in Wales in the competition’s last appearance at Euro 2016. He played a pivotal role in making sure as Wales reached the semi-finals of the tournament shocking the Belgian favorites in the quarter-finals en route to achieve what many considered impossible.
“What we did last time around, no one ever expected us to do this, so some people might expect a similar thing again.
“We know we have a lot of players who have never experienced this before, new setups and things like that. We have expectations of ourselves, but we’ll just take it step by step and see if we can recreate something similar, ”Ramsey said.
Rob Page’s side are always hungry for success, says Ramsey despite the difficult task of being placed in one of Euro 2020’s toughest groups.
“We go into any game wanting to win the game. It’s up to us to speak on the pitch, we have the players who can hurt the teams, we have a good mix and we are thirsty for success again.
“It’s going to be tough, we’re not having any illusions, we’ve got a tough squad, a tough game against the Swiss to start with, we’re going to have to be on our A-game and hit the ground running for our first game,” said Ramsey.
Some Welsh fans were concerned that Ramsey was absent from Thursday’s training session. However, the 30-year-old says there is no cause for concern.
“All good. It was a very light session for the boys today. I was scheduled to stay on my feet,” Ramsey said.
Fitness was a concern on the minds of all Welsh fans, players and staff regarding Ramsey ahead of the tournament, with the Juventus midfielder struggling for minutes leading up to the tournament.
Ramsey took matters into his own hands by using his own pre-tournament fitness team to ensure he is in shape for the opener against Switzerland.
“It’s been a pretty tough time for the past two seasons,” said Ramsey.
“At the end of the day, I now have my own team around me who are focused on me, to get me in the best possible shape.
“Obviously football is a team sport and most of the time it’s about the team and everyone doing the same things, while some players maybe need a little more attention.
“So I’m really taking matters into my own hands and I have the right people around me to try to come up with the best possible plan to get me back to a place where I feel good and confident again.”
The former Arsenal midfielder has only played 19 of Wales’ 44 games since Euro 2016, having been injured as he has so often done throughout his career.
He played a total of 92 minutes in the two friendlies against Albania and France earlier this month when he returned to international football ahead of Euro 2020 after working out with his own personal fitness team prior to these. friendly matches in training camps in Portugal and Cardiff.
“They started with us, they did a few weeks with us, so I had a good few weeks with them, I settled down really well,” said Ramsey.
“Again the Welsh staff, the medical team, have been brilliant, they have been open to discussion and it is important that everyone is on the same page.
“I’ve known a lot of Welsh staff for a long, long time from my Arsenal days as well, there are a few.
“They understand me, they know my body and they know what I need. Hopefully we can all play a part in trying to put me in the best place. “