Having at greatest hobbled their possibilities of automated qualification for the European Championship finals in German with Saturday’s exasperating 1-1 draw with Armenia, Wales should beat Turkey in tonight’s qualifier in Cardiff and cross their fingers that Croatia by some means fail to beat Armenia in Zagreb this night to safe a top-two spot in Group D.
Wales have already assured a play-off place in March however it isn’t a path Wales want to tread and Page has banished all speak of counting on that route earlier than the sport at Cardiff City Stadium. “We’re having no talk of play-offs,” the pinnacle coach who took them to Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup mentioned. “If we’re talking play-offs, we may as well call the game off on Tuesday. That’s our mentality and attitude. We’re fully focused on the job we’ve got and we don’t want any regrets when that final whistle goes.”
Wales had automated qualification in their very own palms earlier than Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Armenia when Page’s facet have been lucky to return house with some extent. Croatia took benefit by successful 2-0 in Latvia to maneuver into second spot behind already-qualified Turkey.
Luton defender Tom Lockyer is predicted to switch the suspended Chris Mepham and make his first aggressive look since September 2021. Brennan Johnson and Daniel James also needs to return to sharpen up the assault in opposition to opponents who beat Wales 2-0 in June and warmed up for his or her journey to Cardiff by beating Germany 3-2 in a Berlin pleasant on Saturday.
“What we do need, from minute one, is energy,” Page mentioned. “Off the back of their result against Germany and the threat they pose, we have to have energy in that team. This is the first time in a while that we’ve had two competitive games in quick succession.
“We’re not blessed with a pool of players coming in that are not playing too much domestically. There potentially could be changes, or at least coming off the bench and having an impact.”
Vincenzo Montella, who has received each his video games as Turkey’s supervisor after succeeding Stefan Kuntz in September, is set his facet qualify for his or her third successive Euro finals in type by beating Wales to safe prime spot and a spot in Pot 1 for the draw.
“We have come all this way to Cardiff prepared,” the previous Italy, Roma and, briefly, Fulham striker mentioned. “We have come here top of this group and that is the way we want to finish it. We want to maintain this leadership and we are focused on what we have to do, show our standing and our performance levels.”