Ben Davies Believes Wales is Lucky To Have Aaron Ramsey in the Squad Ahead of Their Euro Play-Offs

Oyebade Oluwafemi
21 Mar 2024

Ben Davies, who is standing in as captain for Wales at 30 years old, believes that having Aaron Ramsey, 33, on the bench for Thursday's Euro 2024 playoff semi-final is a huge boost to their chances of securing a spot in this year's finals.

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Wales needs to defeat Finland in a match that will take place in Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday, March 21, 2024, and then win against either Poland or Estonia on March 26th to qualify for the tournament. Although they are favorites to beat Finland, Tottenham Hotspur defender Davies believes that the match will be a challenging one.

The former Arsenal player Ramsey, who is usually the Welsh captain, has recently recovered from an injury, but he has hardly played for Cardiff City. Therefore, it is likely that he will only be able to participate as a substitute.

Davies said on Wednesday
"The opportunity to have Aaron in this squad is a no-brainer."" On his day, he can flip a game on its head, produce a moment of magic. "We're lucky to have him."
Davies emphasized the significance of the Finland game in an interview with the reporter before the match.
"They had a good qualifying campaign. They've got a well-organised team and players who can hurt you if you're not switched on," he told reporters. "We're anticipating a tight, nitty-gritty game because of how well-organised they are."
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Rob Page believes Wales must be at their best to defeat Finland in the Euro play-off. 

Rob Page
Page said this at his pre-match press conference.
“The biggest learning curve for me over the last 12 months, irrespective of who we are playing against, is we have to bring our A-game.” “We have to deliver the same values that gets us success, then the results will take care of themselves. “Our record at home is exceptional, and we’re in good form at this moment in time. “Most of the squad are out playing football for their clubs, training has been excellent. “We have gone through similar experiences with the pressure of the (World Cup) play-off situations against Austria and Ukraine and the difficulty surrounding that. “We are all quite relaxed, but not underestimating the challenge. There’s everything to play for, but we’re fully prepared for it.”

Page surprised many by including Ramsey in the squad, but he believes the midfielder brings invaluable experience to the younger players.

Page said
"To have people like Aaron, who has that ability even if he doesn't have the legs he used to have, is great for the younger players." "That experience will have an influence on the group."

Wales' next game will be at the Euro 2024 qualification, where they will face Finland in a crucial match for both teams. However, Wales is considered the favorite to win the game since they have been unbeaten against Finland in their last three encounters, winning two and drawing one. We predict the match will see Wales win, with 1xBet offering 1.90 odds.

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