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UEFA Euro 2020

Gareth Bale insists Wales will be 'spurred on' by hostile Baku crowd

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Bale believes Wales will be spurred on by the Baku crowd
Bale believes Wales will be spurred on by the Baku crowd / Marcio Machado/Getty Images
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Gareth Bale believes Wales will be 'spurred on' by the raucous Baku crowd awaiting them for their crucial Euro 2020 clash with Turkey on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 34,000 fans are expected to attend the match in the Azerbaijani capital, with the vast majority aiming to whip up an intense atmosphere and help fire Turkey to victory over the Welsh.

But Bale has insisted that these hostile surroundings will only 'spur on' him and his teammates, as they look to pick up three points and take a huge step towards progression to the round of 16.

"If anything, it kind of spurs us on to be a bit more ruthless on the pitch, and hopefully we can keep them silent," the captain said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Bale went on to praise the atmosphere often created in Turkey, but stated Wales would not be fazed by the din, but they'd rather relish it as a step 'back to a bit of normality.'

"Whenever I have played in Turkey before the atmosphere has been incredible," he said.

"Of course we understand they are going to be cheering on the Turkish team, but to be playing in these tournaments you want to be playing in front of crowds.

Gareth Bale
Bale will not be fazed by the atmosphere in Baku / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

"It will be nice to have that atmosphere at the stadium and get back to a bit of normality. This is what we do for a living, we are used to playing in away games in front of hostile crowds and it's something we enjoy doing."

Wales kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, although they were fortunate to come away from the game with a point. Turkey were on the receiving end of a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Italy, and both teams need a win to maintain their hopes of going deep in the competition.

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