'Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is better than Cristiano Ronaldo', says Williams

MARSEILLE: Wales have no reason to fear Portugal in their Euro 2016 semi-final on Wednesday and despite key players missing, coach Chris Coleman said he had complete faith in their replacements to do the job.

Coleman sought to play down the hype on the potential rivalry between his talisman Gareth Bale, who has scored three goals at Euro 2016, and Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who unlike his Real Madrid team mate has yet to really impress during the tournament.

The battle between Bale and Ronaldo will take centre stage, with some pundits even predicting that the victor could land the Ballon D'Or award this year following Real's Champions League triumph.

Wales boss Chris Coleman has dismissed suggestions that he could become the next England manager.

"We had to come and perform for us, for inside our camp".

"All we can affect is ourselves". They make us determined to prove them wrong. But your body gets used to it and your mind gets used to it. They are in a mode where they do not walk on a pitch expecting to win the next one but what they expect of each other is the very best of what they have got to offer. Or you can have a bit of belief in yourself and prepare to stand up for your identity.

"If we play like we did against Belgium, and like we did against Russian Federation, we'll be a match for anyone".

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'Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is better than Cristiano Ronaldo', says Williams

On Bale v Ronaldo he added: "He's been fantastic for us and it will be a big game for both of them but we have players throughout who will affect the game and hopefully we'll get a positive result". "I don't suppose there will be any love lost on the evening, between both teams not just Cristiano and Gareth".

"We don't need to change anything we do", he said. All the bonds have got better and tighter.

It was Ramsey's surging run into space to collect Bale's long pass that helped set up Hal Robson-Kanu for moment of individual brilliance to lift Wales into a 2-1 lead in Lille. I could work my defenders for the next month, drilling them about Cristiano Ronaldo.

"But when we beat Belgium, I did not just think of Speeds as he was one of my friends".

But the team is going to have to cope without the verve and vigor of the Arsenal midfielder against Portugal after Ramsey picked up another yellow card during the team's 3-1 victory over Belgium on Friday.

"You have got to feel for Ben and Aaron because they have done so much to get us where we are". The celebrations have stopped now, though, and the focus is heavily on destroying any fears of pressure that could force the players to crack.

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