Saturday November 30 2019
Giggs: 'Hope Italy rest stars'

Wales manager Ryan Giggs has “bad and good memories of playing in Rome” and hopes Italy rest their stars for the final Euro 2020 group game.

Group A has Italy along with Switzerland, Turkey and Wales, with all the Azzurri’s matches at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, whereas the Dragons will play the first two games in Baku.

“We want to take our chance, just like in 2016,” Giggs told the BBC, referring to their semi-final run.

“It's not easy, you have to get the momentum like we did on France. You hope that come June you have a group of healthy players to choose from and if we have that we're a match for anyone.

“Italy are the stand-out team in our group. It won't be easy, but if we have all our players, we'll compete against all of them.

“I've got bad memories and good memories of playing in Rome. Hopefully when we play Italy they will have six points already and will play the reserves.”

Wales play Switzerland on June 13, then Turkey on June 17 and fly to Rome for the Italy clash on June 21.

“Logistically it's Baku, Baku, Rome so... for us and the fans it's much better... we've got experience of being in Baku, we know what is like,” continued Giggs.

“Switzerland are a good team, I watched their progress, they were in with the Republic of Ireland and Denmark, a talented team.

“Turkey were in a group with France and Iceland, so to come out of that they've done well, and of course Italy were fantastic in qualifying, winning every game, that'll be tough obviously.”