Wales News: Bale wary of Uruguay threat

1 year ago

Wales’ all-time leading scorer Gareth Bale has warned the rest of the squad that there is far more to Uruguay than just Luis Suarez ahead of Monday’s China Cup final.

The Welsh are looking to win their first trophy since claiming the British Home Championship in 1937 having made light work of China in the semi-finals.

Bale grabbed a hat-trick to move to the top of the scoring charts for Wales as they thrashed the hosts 6-0 on Thursday.

Monday’s meeting with Uruguay should be a much tougher encounter for Ryan Giggs’ men and the South Americans are the 20/23 favourites with Ladbrokes for the win, while Wales are 3/1 and the draw 11/5.

Uruguay are expected to start fearsome striking duo Suarez and Edinson Cavani on Monday and while Bale acknowledged they are strong in attack, the Real Madrid forward believes it is a team who have strength in depth all over the park.

“We know Uruguay have some great players, it’s not just Suarez,” Bale told reporters.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult game, but we try not to concentrate too much on our opposition, it’s more about concentrating on us and what we can do.

“They have some fantastic players and that they’re going to be dangerous. We have to be wary of them, but they also have to worry about us.”

Despite having won plenty since he made the move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013, including three Champions League titles, Bale says it would represent a huge personal milestone were he to claim a piece of silverware with his national team.

“To win any trophy is always good, but for your country it is that bit more special,” added Bale.

“It would be massive. You have it in your heart, in your blood, you want to make your whole country proud.”