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Hungary coach Rossi exclusive: Wales have Man Utd ace James, Bale - we Szalai, Gulacsi

Having missed qualification for the 2018 World Cup, Marco Rossi's Hungary now have a great chance to write a fresh page in the nation's football history books, by securing a place at the 2020 European Championship...

But to do so they will have to defeat Gareth Bale's Wales and hope for positive news from the other matches of Group E.

Ryan Giggs' team will face Azerbaijan in a game that should be a foregone conclusion, while Croatia will have to overcome the obstacle represented by Slovakia, currently third in the standings in group E.

The Hungarians, therefore, to celebrate direct qualification to the Euros will have to beat Wales, their last real obstacle. Obviously it won't be easy.

Exclusively for Tribalfootball.com, we talked to Hungary coach Rossi ahead of this huge qualifier.

We began by asking him if he'd had the chance to fly to the UK to scout Wales' players.

"Honestly there was no need for it... We all know those players very well. In addition to this, we have all their games available (on video)," replied the Italian.

Bale is not finding much space in Real Madrid, but according to Rossi this does not make him any less dangerous: "Gareth has been playing at a very high level for over 10 years. There is little to discover about him. Everyone knows him."

So far this season, Bale has played only 575 minutes, less than seven full games. But there's not only Bale: Wales have other talented players, like Daniel James and Harry Wilson.

The former is playing very well for Manchester United, having already recorded 3 goals and 3 assists. Wilson is on loan at Bournemouth from Liverpool and has already scored 4 goals in the Premier League.

Rossi told us of these two talents: "Wilson and James have made the difference since the first game they won against Slovakia in Cardiff. They are young and talented players. They've showed in the Premier League what they are made of."

Regardless of the value of the opponents, however, Rossi will have to make the most of the talent of his stars, such as Adam Szalai, who has scored 20 goals in 59 appearances for his national team.

Speaking about the Mainz striker, Rossi said: "Ádám is a generous player, very useful for the type of football we play. He attracts the attention of the opposing central defenders, he knows how to make the team to go up and even if it doesn't seem so, he has good technique. Moreover, and it is a really important aspect, he is a leader."

Not just the strikers, though. There's been doubts about Rossi's starting goalkeeper for this decisive match.

But the coach in this conversation left no doubts: "(Peter) Gulácsi is the starting goalkeeper. The Bundesliga's best goalkeeper (with RB Leipzig) and this year he is confirming himself at the same levels."

And with an eye on next summer's tournament, Rossi offered hope to those not in this squad - including Adam Bogdan.

Asked if the former Liverpool goalkeeper, now without a club, could have a chance of being called up, Rossi added: "Honestly, the goalkeeper is really the last problem for us: we have Dibusz (in a moment of exceptional form) and Kovacsik as second and third. We are more than satisfied, but obviously we consider everything and everyone, so if Bogdan starts playing, he will also be taken into consideration."

Hungary will face Wales knowing they can be beaten, We should not forget that in the first leg Rossi's team managed to win 1-0 - thanks to a goal from Maté Patkai, the Fehérvár midfielder.

Next week's qualifier could be a night for a new Hungarian hero - and a watershed moment for this great footballing nation.

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