Wales under Ryan Giggs have gone backwards, claims Dean Saunders on talkSPORT

Former Wales international Dean Saunders believes the national team has gone backwards under Ryan Giggs.

The ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa striker says Wales ‘are a bit of a mess’ and is ‘not confident’ they will qualify for Euro 2020 after their second defeat in three games.

Ryan Giggs has won just five games as Wales manager

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Ryan Giggs has won just five games as Wales manager

The Dragons lost 1-0 to Hungary on Tuesday night, leaving them six points behind the Group E leaders and three adrift of Croatia and Slovakia – although they have played one fewer.

It leaves Wales needed to win most, if not all, of their remaining qualifiers to have any chance of booking their place in next year’s European Championship.

That would be a huge blow to Welsh football, having reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016 – the nation’s best ever performance in a major tournament.

Under Chris Coleman, Wales registered wins over Belgium, Hungary, Solvakia and Russia on their way to the last four, where they were beaten by eventual winners Portugal.

Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal in Wales’ 3-1 victory over Belgium in Euro 2016 was nominated for the Puskas Award

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Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal in Wales’ 3-1 victory over Belgium in Euro 2016 was nominated for the Puskas Award

Giggs took over from Coleman in January 2018, but has guided the team to just five wins from 13 games in charge.

And, asked if he is still confident Wales can qualify after their set-back in Budapest, Saunders, who scored 22 goals in 72 Wales games, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “No, I’m not confident.

“We‘re in a bit of a mess at the moment.

“Right now we’ve got a lot of young players and some of the older players have retired and aren’t playing anymore, so they need a bit of experience.

“When you’re playing at that level, you need experienced players in your team.

Gareth Bale was powerless to prevent another defeat for Wales against Hungary

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Gareth Bale was powerless to prevent another defeat for Wales against Hungary

“[The critics] will be starting to lean on Ryan Giggs now.

“We got used to winning in that two-year spell when were we did well at the Euros.

“If you think back to that team in the Euros, compared to this team now – if that team played against this one, I know which team would win.

“He’s got a problem, Ryan. He’s trying blood youngsters, because he’s got to try and rebuild the team, but they’re going to lose a few games.”