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Coleman: Bale presence instils fear
Published : 04 Sep 2013 09:01:55Rss feed
Chris Coleman believes the aura of Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive player, can help bring success to Wales.
The 24-year-old joined up with the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia, just hours after being unveiled to 30,000 Real Madrid fans in the wake of his world record 100million euro (£85.3m) move from Tottenham.
As key as the forward had proved to be for Spurs, and may prove to be for Real, he is every bit as vital for Wales.
During Coleman's reign, Bale has scored five out of eight goals and the Dragons have occasionally looked toothless without him, markedly in last month's goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland.
The Wales boss admits Bale, who has not played since July, will not take part in a full 90 minutes in either of the upcoming qualifiers and will not take any risks with his fitness, but remains hopeful he will play some part.
And he hopes the mere presence of a player who now enjoys one of the highest profiles in the global game, will be enough to instil fear into the hearts of their opponents, starting with Macedonia on Friday.
"The fact he is in our squad is enough," said Coleman. "If I am the manager of Macedonia and I know he is on his way over, that is a threat in itself.
"I experienced that in my own career when I played in good teams with some special players, it makes a difference when you are lining up in the tunnel.
"With Blackburn, we had Alan Shearer playing for us, and we knew if we kept a clean sheet we would win, because he would score. Even better than that, the opposition knew it.
"When you have a player of that importance in your team it doesn't half give you confidence."
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