Wales manager Chris Coleman will look at the team’s run at the 2016 Euro Championships with pride even though his dream of getting the team to the final never materialized courtesy of the semi final loss to Portugal.
Coleman’s side had a great run at the tournament, but was undone by quick goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani to cut short their fairy tale in Lyon on Wednesday 6 July.
Coleman, the man who has galvanized the team to a formidable force spoke after the match, stating that though it hurts to exit at the semi final stage, the team did the country proud.
He admitted the team did not play with the energy shown in their previous matches but gave a good fight and he lauded Portugal for their win.
“It hurts that we lost the semi-final, the players are gutted, but they need to look back and see they have done their country proud,” said Coleman.
“They could only give what they had and we looked a bit tired tonight.
“We never really found our momentum when we had possession, but you have to give Portugal credit, they defended deep and killed our space.”
“We’ve come through some huge challenges and when we look back, it is great experience. It is completely different to what we expected (being at a tournament) – it is not just the game and preparing the game,” he said.