Ryan Giggs is preparing for his first big test as a manager when Wales meet Uruguay in the China Cup final on Monday

The former Manchester United winger got off to a perfect start on Thursday as Wales hammered China 6-0 in Giggs’ first match in charge of his country.

Giggs admitted that Uruguay will be a ‘big step up’ after Gareth Bale and co. downed what the new boss called an ‘ordinary’ China team.

He said: “We played some good stuff, and made China look very ordinary. (Uruguay) is a big step up, they’re one of the most experienced teams in the world.

“We will be up against it, and will have to perform as well as we did in the first game if not better.”

Uruguay are preparing for the upcoming World Cup, their third in a row following a disappointing group stage exit in Brazil 4 years ago.

With an experienced strike force of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Wales know they face a tough test, and will be watching from afar at this summer’s World Cup.

Giggs added: “Cavani is approaching 100 caps I think and Suarez is in the 90’s so we will have to perform.”

As well as being strong up front, Uruguay have a very solid defence, a different proposition to the visibly weak defence that China put up.

Bale had a field day last Thursday, grabbing a hat-trick that made him Wales’ all-time top goalscorer at the age of 28.

But the Atletico Madrid partnership of Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin offers a different proposition, they are part of the second-best defence in La Liga, conceding just 14 times in 29 matches.

This match will provide Giggs with a good idea of how well his side can match up against a team with the pedigree that Uruguay possess, before Wales take part in the Uefa Nations League later this year.

Wales will then bid to qualify for Euro 2020 after Chris Coleman guided his country to the semi-finals in France 2 years ago.

There was much speculation surrounding the Wales managerial role before Giggs was appointed, after many fans believed Craig Bellamy was the right man for the job.

But the former Cardiff man remains at the Bluebirds, and not many can complain about the start Giggs has made, but tomorrow Giggs knows his team must be ready for a much tougher opposition.


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