2022年世界盃:威爾士如何用一場勝利開啟 "夢幻 "世界盃之旅

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2022年世界盃:威爾士如何用一場勝利開啟 "夢幻 "世界盃之旅

我仍然在掐自己的脖子,以確保它真的發生了--但是,經過64年的等待,威爾士將在周一參加世界盃。

與奧運會一樣,這是地球上收視率最高的體育賽事,想想有多少人將看到威爾士在這場比賽中的比賽,真是令人驚訝。

順便說一句,他們也會喜歡看我們。有了我們的球迷和我們的國歌以及他們創造的氣氛,我想我們將成為這裡很多人的第二支球隊,他們希望看到我們做得好。

我希望我們也能做到,從我們在B組對美國的第一場比賽開始。

能來到這裡真是不可思議,但在我們在2016年和2021年歐錦賽上的表現之後,現在對威爾士隊也有了一種期待。

我在隊裡有一些好朋友,並經常與很多球員交談,我迫不及待地想看看孩子們的表現。

威爾士會在前腳開始嗎?

威爾士在過去兩屆歐洲杯上的比賽經驗在卡塔爾將是一個巨大的幫助,特別是在我們與美國隊比賽之前。

當然,第一場比賽總是非常重要的,但這次我們真的需要一個積極的開局,因為我們的賽程是在一個困難的小組中。

看看威爾士主帥羅伯-佩奇是如何對待這場比賽的,這將很有趣,但我希望看到我們馬上就能取得領先,因為勝利對我們進入16強的機會是巨大的。

我上面的團隊是相當輕率的,這可能是佩奇更有可能在我們的第二場比賽中對伊朗嘗試的東西--取決於結果如何--但我寧願我們在對美國的比賽中表現得勇敢。

佩奇可能會採用他更多嘗試和信任的3-4-3陣型,並試圖保持穩固和堅決,但他仍然有一些重大決定要做,首先是喬-艾倫在腿筋受傷長期停賽後是否在中場出場。

阿倫在周四恢復了全面的訓練,但他自9月中旬以來就沒有上過場,在如此艱難的條件下,讓他在比賽中首發是一個很大的要求。

佩奇的問題是,我們沒有另一個喬-艾倫來替代他。他在很多方面都非常出色--防守方面,他在事情發生之前就能看到,然後當我們贏回球時,我們可以直接把球交給他,因為他在球上非常舒服。

他很安全,很有把握,所以正是我們在對陣美國隊時需要的那種球員,因為他們是一支高能量、高壓迫的球隊。但是,同樣地,如果他在體能上沒有準備好,那麼我們將無法帶他。

摩爾可以幫助威爾士擺脫美國的壓迫

美國隊讓我想起了2016年歐洲杯上的威爾士隊,我們進入時並不真正了解錦標賽的足球,我們有一種無畏的天性,然後我們很快就適應了,一切都變得很好。

他們是一支年輕的球隊,有一些非常有天賦的球員--這是他們很長時間以來最好的一批球員--所以他們可能非常自信,認為在他們的第一屆世界盃上可能會發生這樣的事情,我期待着他們在威爾士的表現。

威爾士可能會更加保守,並尋求在突破中打擊他們,這就是為什麼我認為基弗-摩爾將是我們在這場比賽中的關鍵球員。

如果美國隊像我想的那樣壓迫,並試圖在高處贏球,我最擔心的是我們在後場打得過多,被對手抓住機會。

如果我們直接去找摩爾,我們就可以繞過這個問題,這是一個非常有用的選擇。

誰將在世界舞台上宣布自己?

反正威爾士是很務實的--我們不是一支會用華麗的足球把你切開的球隊,所以我們最好更直接一些。

通過迅速回到前場並找到摩爾,你可以通過他進行聯動,讓加雷斯-貝爾、丹尼爾-詹姆斯和布倫南-約翰遜等人持球進攻,以傷害對手。

我們最大的優勢是我們的精神和團結--我們是一支頑強的球隊,很難被擊敗,即使我們踢得不好--但我們的隊伍中也有贏家。

這不僅僅是阿倫-拉姆塞或貝爾了,儘管他們在很長一段時間內都是威爾士的特殊球員。我正在尋找像約翰遜或內科-威廉姆斯這樣的年輕球員,在卡塔爾的世界舞台上真正宣布自己。

本周我與布倫南交談過,你可以看出他絕對是躍躍欲試的。他是那種不懼怕任何事情的球員,無論他達到什麼水平,他似乎都能適應並享受其中。

威廉姆斯也是如此。他在威爾士表現出色,儘管他在左後衛的位置上略顯失態,而且由於某種原因,他在威爾士的球衣上似乎比在俱樂部的水平上發揮得更好。不過,我很高興看到這一點。

如果我們作為一個團隊保持穩固,那麼我們可以依靠其中一個人拿出一點魔法來為我們贏得比賽。好吧,無論如何,這就是我希望發生的事情。

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I'm still pinching myself to make sure it is actually happening - but, after a 64-year wait, Wales will be playing at a World Cup on Monday.

Along with the Olympics, this is the most-viewed sporting event on the planet and it is amazing to think about the amount of people that will see Wales play in this tournament.

They are going to enjoy watching us too, by the way. With our fans and our anthem and the atmosphere they create, I think we will become a lot of people's second team here that they would like to see do well.

I am hopeful that we can too, starting with our first game in Group B against the United States.

It's incredible just to be here, but there is also an expectation that goes with the Wales team now after what we have done at the European Championships in 2016 and 2021.

I have got some good friends in the squad and speak regularly to a lot of the players, and I can't wait to see how the boys do.

Will Wales start on the front foot?

Wales' tournament experience from the past two Euros will be a massive help in Qatar, especially before we play the US.

The first game is always hugely important, of course, but this time we really need a positive start because of the way our fixtures fall in a difficult group.

It is going to be interesting to see how Wales boss Rob Page approaches it, but I'd like to see us on the front foot right away because winning would be huge for our chances of getting to the last 16.

My team above is quite cavalier and it might be something Page is more likely to try against Iran in our second game - depending on how results go - but I'd rather us be brave against the US.

Page will probably go with his more tried and trusted 3-4-3 shape and try to stay solid and resolute but he still has some big decisions to make, starting with whether Joe Allen plays in midfield after a long lay-off with his hamstring injury.

Allen returned to full training on Thursday but he has not played since the middle of September and it is a big ask for him to start the game, in such difficult conditions.

The problem for Page is that we don't have another Joe Allen to replace him. He is so good in so many departments - defensively, he sees things before they happen and then when we win the ball back we can just give it to him because he is so comfortable on the ball.

He's safe and assured, so exactly the sort of player that we need against the US because they are a high-energy, high-pressing team. But, equally, if he is not ready fitness-wise, then we will not be able to carry him.

Moore can help Wales escape the US press

The United States remind me of Wales at Euro 2016, where we went into it not really knowing about tournament football, and there was a kind of fearless nature about us, then we adapted really quickly and it all came together.

They are a young side, with some really talented players - the best crop they have had for a long time - so they are probably very confident and thinking it could happen for them here at their first World Cup, and I am expecting them to come at Wales.

Wales will probably be more conservative and look to hit them on the break, which is why I think Kieffer Moore will be a key player for us in this game.

If the US press like I think they will and try to win the ball high up, my biggest worry would be we over-play at the back and are caught in possession.

We can bypass that if we go straight to Moore and it is a really useful option to have.

Who will announce themselves on the world stage?

Wales are quite pragmatic anyway - we are not a team that is going to cut you open with slick football so we are better off being a little more direct.

By going back to front quickly and finding Moore, you can link play through him and get the likes of Gareth Bale, Daniel James and Brennan Johnson on the ball to hurt the opposition.

Our biggest strengths are our spirit and our togetherness - we are a dogged team and difficult to beat, even if we are not playing well - but we have got match-winners in our side.

That's not just Aaron Ramsey or Bale anymore, although they have been special players for Wales for a long time. I'm looking for a younger player like Johnson or Neco Williams to really announce themselves on the world stage in Qatar.

I spoke to Brennan this week and you could tell he is absolutely raring to go. He is that kind of player who is not afraid of anything and, no matter what level he steps up to, he seems able to adapt to it and enjoy himself.

Williams is like that too. He has been outstanding for Wales even though he is played slightly out of position at left-back, and he seems to play better in a Wales shirt than he does at club level for some reason. I'm quite happy to see that, though.

If we stay solid as a team, then we can rely on one of those individuals to come up with a bit of magic to win the game for us. Well, that's what I hope will happen anyway.

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