Team GB captain Giggs underlines importance of 'massive match' against UAE

After conceding a late equalizer in the opening game, the Welshman has insisted that he and his team-mates will not underestimate their little-fancied opponents

Great Britain captain Ryan Giggs has branded Sunday’s game against United Arab Emirates as “massive” following the draw against Senegal.

Thursday’s draw at Wembley leaves Team GB two points behind its final opponent, the heavily fancied Uruguay, so victory over Mahdi Ali’s men is key heading into the last round of group games.

"This is now a massive match because we are going to have to win one of the next two games," Giggs told Sky Sports. "We saw the UAE play some decent stuff against Uruguay, our last opponents in the group. It is going to be tough but we'll have to do it."

"We were disappointed after the Senegal match, although overall it was a fair result because they had some decent chances. After leading 1-0 we weren't able to hang on, which was disappointing."

Another of Great Britain’s over-age players, Micah Richards, echoed Giggs' sentiments, adding that he was impressed by the Asian country’s guile against the superior Uruguay.

"I saw the UAE team against Uruguay on Thursday night, before our match against Senegal. In the first half they were the better team. They looked a good side. I have been to Abu Dhabi and the game has taken off over there."

"We've done a lot of stuff on the iPad and studied a lot of videos over the last two-and-a-half weeks - watching teams like Senegal and the UAE. When their players don't play in our league, it's hard to know what they're about."

The 24-year-old Manchester City defender will be facing his club owner’s home nation, and the right back made light of any possible ramifications if the UAE suffers a loss.

"He might not be too happy - I don't know," said Richards. We will try not to beat them by too much."

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