“Be professional and beware of an upset.” That’s Robert Page’s message to his talented Wales U21 squad ahead of tomorrow night’s potential qualification ‘banana skin’ in Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein v Wales
2019 UEFA Euro U21 qualifier
The U21 boss insists that, despite kicking their campaign off with defeats against Bosnia and Romania, the part-timers from Liechtenstein can hurt his team.
Page said: “We might be favourites on paper but we've got to earn the right to win.
“We’ve looked at their two games so far and they haven’t had a great start.
“They’ve conceded lots of goals but they’ve created chances and probably should’ve got something against Romania."
During a detailed training session at the Eschen-Mauren Sport Park, where the match will take place, the former Wales captain urged his players to be professional and repeat the impressive performance levels they’ve showed against Switzerland and Portugal so far in this campaign.
He said: “This will be a different type of test to what we faced against Switzerland and Portugal but it's about us recreating that level of performance here.
“We can't guarantee a win but, if we do that, we stand a good chance of winning the game.
“Let's go and have a positive performance and hopefully get the right result because then we go into two home games and anything can happen.”
If they can get the right result, Page’s squad face the tantalising prospect of a home double-header against Bosnia and Romania at Bangor next month with a chance to head into the Christmas break right in the Group Eight mix.
Page said: “Our aim is to get to the break with the table looking good.
“That's all the incentive these boys need right now.”