Gareth Bale insists the entire Wales squad must be at 100% to beat Turkey as the Dragons prepare for their crucial Euro 2020 clash in front of a hostile crowd.
Wales have secured a well-contested 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their first Group A game, but they are well aware they need a win to get a foothold in the round of 16.
Around 34,000 are expected at the Olympic Stadium in Baku on Wednesday, with Turkey counting on the vast majority of support inside the arena.
Thousands of Turkish fans will be in Baku for the decisive Group A match, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while only a few hundred Welsh fans will be in attendance.
And Bale insists Wales will be boosted by partisan support in their second Euro 2020 game.
“I think it’s good to play in front of big crowds,” the Real Madrid winger told talkSPORT. “We obviously prefer to play in front of 30,000 Welsh fans!
“Obviously that’s not meant to be the case, but every time I’ve played in Turkey before, the atmosphere has been amazing.
“We understand that they will be cheering for the Turkish team, but to play in this tournament we want to play in front of the crowd, so it will be good to have that atmosphere at the stadium tomorrow and get back to normalcy.”
Bale believes that Wales’ success will not depend on individuals but rather a collective effort of the team.
“Of course I have the experience of playing in big games and hostile games, but it’s not about me stepping up, it’s about the team stepping up,” added the Welsh.
“It’s about us as a team. Everyone is always talking about individual and individual performances this, that and the other.
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“The most important thing is that we work hard collectively as a team. Work hard on defense and offense and deliver together.
“I’ve said throughout my career in Wales that it doesn’t matter who scores but whoever scores, we celebrate together and we win together.
“Everyone is too motivated by individual performance when you can’t do it without your teammates. We focus on doing things together and working hard.
“We’re going to manage the atmosphere and I’m sure we’ll have a good performance together.”
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