Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boss Focus Is on Semi

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boss Focus Is on Semi

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CHRIS Coleman says his Wales side will not be distracted by the Gareth Bale-Cristiano Ronaldo sideshow in their Euro 2016 semi-final.

The two Real Madrid team-mates go head to head in Lyon on Wednesday as Wales and Portugal compete for a place in the final of Euro 2016.

The battle between Bale and Ronaldo will take centre stage, with some pundits even predicting that the victor could land the Ballon D'Or award this year following Real's Champions League triumph.

But Wales boss Coleman said he did not think talk of the Ballon D'Or was "in Gareth's head", with his only focus on creating further history for a nation which has never been this far in a major tournament.

"We can't affect that - myself, my staff, none of my players can affect what's said about this game coming up," Coleman said of the Bale-Ronaldo sub-plot.

"All we can affect is ourselves. If we are letting outsiders make us feel a certain way, that's our problem.

"Nobody can make you feel bad about yourself unless you give them permission. …

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