Wales are set to start their preparations for the Euro 2016 in full swing according to manager Chris Coleman.
He claims that the team are set to be part of friendly matches against teams like Sweden as part of the preparations. Wales are expected to be one of the dark horses in France. This after the team achieved qualification quite easily. Powered by the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in the team, they have been able to stream roll past much of their opposition. Wales suffered only one defeat in their entire qualification campaign and that was only after qualification was achieved.
Even then, Coleman is concerned about letting the confidence slip. This is possible if the team have poor results in the upcoming warmup matches. There is a need to train well and get some positive results in friendly matches, but these friendlies cannot be against the best teams for the fear of failure. Hence, Wales have managed to set up a friendly with Sweden and this could be positive for both teams. The opening match for Wales is against Slovakia and the team only has two friendlies prior to this game. Wales need to get maximum points straightaway since their next two matches are against considerably stronger England and Russia.
"We'll come together in May and we're looking to play Sweden.I'm 99% certain it's going to be Sweden, whether it's in Malmo or Gothenburg.That will be a tough test for us and on the back of that we'll fly straight to France and get ready for the big one.Ideally we would have had a home game but it's difficult with pitches at that time of year," said Coleman. The other friendlies are against Northern Ireland and Ukraine. Both matches have been scheduled in March.