RYAN GIGGS has been teased by his Euro 2020 managerial rivals about losing the 2009 Champions League final in Rome.
The Wales boss would have faced Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday but Covid-19 forced the Euro 2020 finals to be delayed by 12 months.
But Manchester United legend Giggs was reminded by his Group A counterparts in a funny Whatsapp group chat of his painful experience of playing in the Italian capital.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils were crushed against Barcelona 11 years ago when Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi scored in a 2-0 final win.
Italy boss Roberto Mancini, formerly in charge of Man City, and Vladimir Petkovic of Switzerland, who used to manage Lazio, both shared fond memories of Rome before Giggs said: “Come on, guys! Let’s talk about something else!”
Turkey manager Senol Gunes quipped: “Ah true, you lost the Champions League final in that stadium back in 2009, right?”
Giggs replied with a crying emoji followed by: “But you do remember how it had ended the year before?”
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That followed by a picture of the Welshman lifting Europe’s biggest prize alongside Rio Ferdinand in Moscow.
Gunes was not finished with his banter at Giggs when he highlighted a previous encounter between the countries in which the Dragons boss played when Turkey beat Wales 6-4 in a World Cup qualifier back in August 1997.
Due to the pandemic, Wales will now face Italy in Rome on June 20, 2021.