Wales captain Williams plays down previous Suarez comments

Wales captain Williams plays down previous Suarez comments

Channel NewsAsia·2018-03-26 00:29

Wales captain Ashley Williams says his previous comments about Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, where the Everton defender said he disliked the Barcelona forward more than any other player, were blown out of proportion.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Everton - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - March 3, 2018 Everton's Ashley Williams signs his autograph for fans before the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

REUTERS: Wales captain Ashley Williams says his previous comments about Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, where the Everton defender said he disliked the Barcelona forward more than any other player, were blown out of proportion.

Williams battled Suarez in the Premier League when the striker was at Liverpool and the 33-year-old wrote in his 2012 book, My Premier League Diary, that he had "no respect" for the Uruguayan, who "dived more than any other player".

The two will face off again when Wales play Uruguay in the China Cup final on Monday.

"That (comments in his book) was nothing really was it. It obviously got blown up a lot bigger than it was. He's always a tough opponent," Williams told a news conference.

"I said at the time, he's the hardest striker to play against in the Premier League. I'm expecting a difficult game, as always.

"We feel confident about the game and we concentrate on ourselves... At the same time, with regards to Suarez, I think that he's one of the best strikers in the world, and he's definitely one of the best I've played against."

While Wales failed to qualify for this year's World Cup finals, Uruguay have been pooled with hosts Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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