The nation has never qualified for the European Championships, but are currently the third-highest ranked team in their group, with the top two teams both securing a place in the tournament in France, while third will go into a playoff.
The manager told BT Sport: "There's a reason why people talk so highly of the group because it's true that when we're at our best we are a good side.
"I sense the expectation and two years ago I would have been wary of it. I'm not now and I won't shy away from it. We have to take it as a compliment and deal with it, and if we do that we'll do the business.
"Belgium and Bosnia are the top teams and then it's the other four, but we have a chance to put pressure on those two. I don't want to go at it thinking there's a possibility of a play-off. Let's go for the top two, that's what we have to aim for."
Wales begin their qualification campaign against Andorra tomorrow.