Gemma Grainger has warned of the dangers of Wales getting ahead in their bid to qualify for the World Cup.
Wales face Greece in their penultimate qualifying game in Volos on Friday, knowing victory could spark a night to remember against Slovenia at the Cardiff City Stadium four days later.
Grainger’s side need four points from both games to secure a place in the October play-offs, and 9,500 tickets have already been sold for the Slovenian final to secure a team attendance record women’s national.
Head coach Grainger said: “There is a danger that people could start looking ahead at this point.
“People talk about play-offs. I say: ‘Yes, the play-offs exist but we are not currently in the play-offs’.
“We know what the goal is, but our focus is on Greece and we’ll move on to Slovenia after the game.
“Once we get to that point, there’s so much to be excited about.
“But Greece could still mathematically qualify, so I’m sure they’ll want to make sure they perform in this game.”
Wales beat Greece 5-0 in the reverse fixture last November on a night when sleet and snow swirled around Llanelli’s Parc y Scarlets.
The weather conditions in Volos will be completely different, with temperatures expected to reach 26 degrees Celsius despite the local kick-off time of 8 p.m.
Grainger said: “The British summer we’ve had has helped us as the girls have come through quite a warm pre-season.
“We will have the chill strategies and everything in place, but with the mentality and focus of this team it could be anything.
“We saw it with the snow at Llanelli. There was a team that absolutely delivered that night and these girls will do it no matter the conditions.
Captain Sophie Ingle has been part of several failed qualifying campaigns in Wales in the past.
The Chelsea midfielder said: “There are a lot of elements that come into play, the mentality probably being the main one.
“When we failed in the past, maybe we were a bit naive.
“We were obviously younger and less experienced, but now it’s about believing we can do it.
“In the past, we said we believed, but did we really on the whole
“I think now the whole team thinks we can compete with the top teams.”
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