Gareth Bale took a brief break from his usual training routine ahead of Wales' Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgium on Sunday to try his hand in goal.
Gareth Bale playing in goal during today's training session. pic.twitter.com/TFOnheSuu1— SupportingBale (@SupportingBale) November 11, 2014
While Wales will be hoping Gareth Bale can provide the goals in Sunday’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium in Brussels, the Real Madrid winger clearly fancies his chances at saving a few at the other end, too.
Wales currently sit top of Group B after taking seven points from their first three games against Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cyprus, but the weekend’s matchup against the fourth-ranked team in the world will go some way towards testing their qualifying credentials.
Nevertheless, Bale is clearly relaxed enough about the fixture to try his hand at shot-stopping during training in the meantime, having insisted that all the pressure on the day will be on the home side.
"I don’t feel that we’re under pressure to win, it’s Belgium who should feel under pressure, as they are fourth in the FIFA rankings,” he told BBC Football Focus.
“We know that it will be a difficult game but we are well prepared. Last time we played them away from home we achieved a good result.”
Manager Chris Coleman was equally positive about securing a landmark result against the group favourites, telling reporters at his press conference: “We go into the game in Brussels on the back of only one defeat in eight games now.
“We are up against a very good Belgium side, World Cup quarter finalists and ranked fourth in the world at the moment, but we are a good side as well. We have an excellent squad, a tremendous squad spirit and mentality.
“We have proved that in the campaign to date, and especially over the past couple of home matches.
“The support from the fans has been incredible. Last year we took nearly 1,500 to Brussels. They were magnificent. This time we will be taking nearly two and a half thousand and could have taken far more. We want to repay them in the best way possible, with a positive performance and result.”