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How has Ryan Giggs changed the dynamic for Wales?

| 11.10.2018

Ryan Giggs took on big shoes to fill when he was appointed Wales national team manager in January.

His predecessor Chris Coleman went down in Welsh football folklore after guiding the nation to the last-four of the European Championship in 2016.

However, the team were in need of a shake-up and Giggs was charged with making them competitive again.

He now faces Spain on Thursday night without the injured Gareth Bale. But we investigate how his philosophy will be adapted without his main man…


Giggs has been in charge for eight months now and has impressed his style on the side.

Although this has only taken place in four games to date he hasn’t always stuck to the tried and tested regimes.

His squad for the games against Ireland and Denmark last month saw Chris Gunter, James Chester and Sam Vokes excluded.

David Brooks, Tyler Roberts and Ethan Ampadu headlined a younger core of Welsh talent that Giggs wants to invest in.

Some of the old guard may be back in for the Spain and Republic of Ireland fixtures, but Giggs has already given a clear statement of intent.

Cavalier style

One redeeming feature of Wales’ 4-1 dismantling of Ireland last month was the manor of which they did it.

Giggs’ young Dragons tore into their opponents scoring two goals in twenty minutes and added a third before half-time.

It was a far cry from Coleman’s conservative football, which got results in France two years ago but arguably was becoming stale.

As a player, Giggs was known for his high-energy, attacking football. And Wales are 17/2 to beat Spain for the only the second time in their history.

His youthful side may get some setbacks along the way but Welsh fans will be in for some ride as they aim to qualify for the Euros in 2020.

Life without Gareth Bale

Our friends at Coral discussed what life could be like without Bale recently.

Fans will get to see a glimpse of a Bale-less Wales in the friendly with Spain on Thursday,

The Real Madrid star is suffering from a groin injury, so this could mean Vokes gets a shot up front.

Giggs may have to tamper with the marauding style that beat Ireland with a striker that thrives off aerial duals, as opposed to Bale who plays more like a false-nine.

A quartet of Harry Wilson, Brooks, Tom Lawrence and Ben Woodburn could be important as Bale races to be fit for the game against Ireland next Tuesday.

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Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football enthusiast.