Today's media round-up
26th March 2013
With Wales in action at the Liberty tonight, today's media round-up has an international flavour to it.
Wales skipper Ashley Williams has hailed manager Chris Coleman ahead of tonight's match while the national boss has also focused on Croatia star Luka Modric's qualities.
Meanwhile, Wales Online have included a story today on the future of Swans' Dutch right-back Dwight Tiendalli.
Chris Coleman has proved his worth for Wales, says Ashley Williams
Wales captain Ashley Williams says victory over Scotland proves Chris Coleman is the right man to lead the side through their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Coleman was under pressure before Friday night's Hampden match, after one win from Wales's first four Group A matches.
The 2-1 win in Glasgow moved Wales up to third place, seven points behind the joint leaders Belgium and Croatia. Williams said before Tuesday's game at home to Croatia.
"The manager was spot on against Scotland. He made good substitutions and got all the big calls right," said Williams.
"There has been criticism of him but not from anyone who matters. People have just been talking for talking's sake.
"We are not concerned about it and the lads are behind him. We enjoy playing for him, we enjoy the camps, we enjoy the training. Against Scotland, you saw that he knows what he is doing."
Gareth Bale must master Luka Modric to boost Wales bid
Manager Chris Coleman spelled out the challenge ahead of taking on unbeaten Croatia at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.
Second-placed Croatia and leaders Belgium, also unbeaten, looked set to fight out automatic qualification from Group A between themselves. But Wales' two victories over Scotland have lifted them to third, seven points behind Croatia.
A win would cut that to four for Wales to make up in a four-game run-in that includes two fixtures against struggling Macedonia. Coleman admits it is a tall order but he is ordering his rejuvenated team to attack Croatia.
Wales have won three of their last four games, the only defeat being in Croatia when Modric dominated in a 2-0 win.
"I'm hoping Modric can't play better than that," said Coleman.
"He was outstanding. The pitch was awful and Modric was still picking the ball up in his own half, creating, switching play. He was phenomenal, a great performance from a quality player.
"When great players are on that form it is very difficult to stop them.
"If they have the capacity to do what a Gareth Bale or a Modric can do it is very difficult when they are in that mood. On his day, Modric is unstoppable, just like our boy Bale. Genius? Yes it is."
Laudrup quiet on Tiendalli future
Manager Michael Laudrup has refused to be drawn on the future of Dwight Tiendalli.
The Dane hailed the full-back's contribution but does not know whether he will be offered a new contract in the summer.
Tiendalli joined on an emergency one-year contract after the summer transfer window closed when Neil Taylor suffered a leg break. The 27 year old impressed during a lengthy spell in the team during December and January. And he revealed yesterday that his form almost earned him a call-up to the Netherlands' squad.
But as Laudrup begins his preparations for next season, he doesn't know about Tiendalli's future. He said: "Dwight's been important for us. Maybe he's had his best games at right-back not at left because he's right footed, left back is very different."
"But I have been pleased with his work. We brought him in to help Ben because my intention was not to put all the pressure on a young player knowing you only have one player in one position. Ben has coped fantastically with it."
"But we will have to see (if Tiendalli will get a new contract)."