Euro 2012: Giovanni Trapattoni hopes Ireland will be lucky

Giovanni Trapattoni believes he is due some luck as he readies the Republic of Ireland for their opening Euro 2012 game on Sunday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Giovanni Trapattoni has led Ireland into their first tournament in a decade Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping his luck changes ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s opening Euro 2012 game against Croatia in Poznan on Sunday.

Ireland narrowly missed out on reaching the World Cup in 2010 after William Gallas scored a winner in extra-time in Paris – aided by Thierry Henry’s infamous handball.

The 73-year-old also suffered disappointment with Italy at Euro 2004 when Sweden and Denmark drew to eliminate the Azzurri in the group stage.

“[Then France manager Raymond] Domenech said to me, ‘Giovanni, you know football…’, and I said to Domenech, ‘Yes, I know football’,” said Trapattoni.

“Sweden against Denmark, I remember the game. Do you know what [Uefa president Lennart] Johansson said? ‘If this game finishes in a draw, we will open an investigation’.

“Do you know if he made the investigation? I’m still waiting for the investigation.”

The Ireland manager described his emotions as “tense” ahead of their first game against Slaven Bilic’s side on Sunday.

“I am not particularly excited, I’m a little tense. I want to keep a level of tension,” he added.

“If the manager doesn’t keep the tension, the players can lose intensity. The manager needs to keep a positive tension.”

“I repeat always, you must be proud about our country, our people, because they make a very big sacrifice – the money, the travel, the trip. The players know this.

“All players before the training, I repeated this to them. Our country expects, our supporters expect.

“Football is about the 90 minutes, but it’s important that we guarantee our people total and complete commitment.”

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