Unbeaten so far in the European Championships qualifying campaign, Wales are on the verge of achieving history - and now is the time for their stars to stand up and get them 'over the line'.
Internationally renowned players have always been hard to come by for the Wales national side, however fast forward to 2015 and they possess not one, but two 'superstars'.
Aaron Ramsey has been instrumental to Arsenal's FA Cup wins in the past two years and is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. Simultaneously, Gareth Bale has gone from strength-to-strength in the past five years, from causing havoc to Maicon in the Champions League for Spurs to joining Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee and winning the Champions League in his debut season; Bale is one of the best players in the world, something that Wales can ill afford to waste.
To say Wales depend on just Bale and Ramsey is incorrect - the likes of Ashley Williams, Ben Davies and Joe Allen are testament to this - however, the duo are two vital cogs in what is currently a well-oiled Wales 'machine'. And the 'machine' is in search of what Bale refers to as "the ultimate achievement."
As reported by the Daily Mail, Bale stated: "For me it would be the ultimate achievement. No other Wales team has qualified for a European Championship before and only once for a World Cup... it would definitely go down in history."
Whilst fellow teammates understand the importance of qualifying this campaign, defender James Chester is quick to outline how vital Bale is. Speaking to The Guardian, Chester stated “He’s down-to-earth, even with all the success he has had." Furthermore, Bale is quick to help out his colleagues: "He’s always sat at the front offering his advice, and experiences that he has had playing at the top level. What he is achieving is fully deserved.
“His ability is frightening but it’s not happened by accident. If you watch him on the training pitch he is always working hard and trying to get better.”
It is this attitude that is permeating the Wales squad as a whole - a hard-working, team-orientated unit that are all focused on the same 'dream'; the whole team are striving towards the same destination - France 2016.
Praise from Ramsey
Ramsey is quick to praise the attitude of his teammates and the atmosphere in the camp: "I think everybody in the whole team has had to raise their game and bring that togetherness to make us more of a stronger unit."
"That's what this team has been built on. You can see everyone is out there fighting for each other and working their socks off and we have a lot of quality as well when we go forward so we're dangerous."
No matter which way you look at it, Wales have a genuine opportunity and chance to reach their second ever major championship and the 'superstar duo' (Bale and Ramsey) are vital to achieving this.
The importance of such a feat is not lost on Bale who details the situation superbly, stating "It would be an amazing achievement not only for me but for everyone in Wales."
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