Giggs hails ‘magnificent’ Chelsea star after Wales win

Matt Stead

Ryan Giggs spoke highly of Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu after Wales thrashed the Republic of Ireland 4-1 on Thursday.

Wales got their UEFA Nations League campaign off to a flying start in Giggs’ first competitive match as manager, taking a 4-0 lead before substitute Shaun Williams hit a consolation for the visitors.

Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts were among the goals at the Cardiff City Stadium, but it was Ampadu who caught the eye.

The 17-year-old started in central midfield and was named by many outlets as the man of the match, and Giggs was enthused over his performance.

“Ethan is a talent, not only as a player, but as a person. He is so measured and mature and takes it all in his stride.

“He’ll be a magnificent player. I am really pleased for him.”

And Giggs was also delighted with a trademark box office display from Bale ahead of what is now likely to be an appointment with a full-strength Denmark in Aarhus on Sunday after a dispute about players’ commercial rights was resolved.

“Every time he plays, he makes a difference, whether it’s for Wales or Real Madrid,” Giggs said. “It gives everyone a lift, but he’s a great example of the level you have to get to.

“It’s a difficult match with a very good team on Sunday. We don’t know what their preparation has been like, but we expect a tough game, their best 11, and they are probably favourites in the group.

“We might have to play even better to get that result. I said to the players the bad news is you have to keep to that standard. They have to keep getting better, keep improving.”