Solidarity is key to Wales, insists Harry Wilson
Welshman Harry Wilson has expressed the importance of team unity ahead of their EURO 2020 clash with Turkey in Baku.
The Red Wall is expected to be outnumbered in the Olympic Stadium in Baku, as large numbers of Turkish supporters are expected to make the short trip to the Azerbaijani capital.
Rob Page’s men opened their campaign by saving a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, while Turkey succumbed to a disappointing 3-0 loss to impressive Italy.
Despite the number of Turkish fans in attendance making the game similar to an away game, Wilson insisted that the closeness to the Wales side would play a big role.
“Of course we will use the solidarity that we have in the team to get us through the game,” he said.
“But I see the thousands of Turkish fans who will be there as a bright spot because the last 12-18 months have been so different.
“When you play without the fans, the vibe is not there. I know Turkey fans are loud and passionate and will make a lot of noise.
“It would be fantastic if we could calm them down and come away with the result we want. “
Wales are heading into the game with one point from their opener and will be supported by their late-game performance, where they pushed for a game-winning goal.
Wilson said morale was high in the Welsh camp and a draw was a positive start to the campaign.
“I think the first game of the tournament is a game not to lose and we got a point, which I think turns out to be a good point.
“There is definitely more pressure on the game against Turkey than there would have been if we had won the other day, but I think we go into every game wanting to win and if we do against Turkey, that will really put us in a good position to progress in the group.
“We have to integrate the confidence and the positives of this game into the game against Turkey.
“We all watched their game against Italy, which was a tough game. The Italians looked very strong. We know the threat Turkey poses and the players they represent, but we are confident that we can participate in any game with the team we have and that we can beat anyone that day. .
Wales’ last game in the squad is the difficult prospect of facing Italy in Rome, making a positive result against Turkey even more necessary.
Playmaker Wilson believes a win on Wednesday would put his team in an excellent position to advance to the round of 16.
“I think if we win it will put us in a very good position,” he said.
“If we can win on Wednesday, we are in a good position for the game against Italy. We have all seen how good the Italians are, it will be a tough game in Rome.
“If we can go into this game with four points, we’ll be in a fantastic place. “
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