After managing a stunning performance at the Euro 2016, Chris Coleman and his team have received praise from various quarters.
One of the most important elements will be not to allow this praise to get to the head. Wales are already showing signs of complacency after managing only draws against Georgia and Austria in the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. Wales started the campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win over Andorra, but those days seem a long way back. Prior to the game, Coleman admitted that his team were depleted due to injuries but a draw against minnows Georgia is simply acceptable for a team with qualification – and even beyond – aspirations.
After the failure to win against Georgia, the manager claimed that he does not have the reasons for the team’s sudden drop in performance. However, Coleman insisted that the two dropped points does not mean the end of the world and he still remains confident about Wales qualifying for the World Cup without any issues. The surprising turnaround of results have meant that the Euro 2016 finalists find themselves in the third spot behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland. However, only two points separate Wales from the top spot. A win from the next match against Serbia is of paramount importance if the qualification campaign is to be back on track.
“I'd have been amazed if we'd gone through the campaign without a blip and without somebody giving you a little tap on the shoulder to just remind you how difficult it is at this level.I'm disappointed that we've only got one point and I'm disappointed also with how we went about certain parts of our game.I'm not used to being disappointed at the end of 90 minutes with this lot,” said Coleman after the game.