Euro 2012: Ireland have the experience to impress, says Tardelli

Marco Tardelli believes Republic of Ireland have enough experience in their squad to make an impact at Euro 2012

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Giovanni Trapattoni will take Ireland into their first tournament in a decade Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Republic of Ireland have the necessary experience to impress at the European championship, according to Giovanni Trapattoni’s assistant manager Marco Tardelli.

Ireland are preparing for their first international tournament in a decade after Trapattoni masterminded the Men in Green’s 5-1 aggregate play-off victory over Estonia last November.

The 73-year-old coach has picked a blend of experience and youth in his squad, with captain Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, and Shay Given all members of Mick McCarthy’s squad that reached the second round of the World Cup in 2002.

“We know our players are very good and have good experience,” Tardelli told RTE.

“The older players can help the younger players, and if the players are fit, we think it is possible to do something.”

Tardelli, who won the World Cup with Italy in 1982, believes Ireland must approach their final warm-up game against Hungary on Monday as a test-run for their opening Euro 2012 game against Croatia on 8 June.

“The players now are relaxed, but I think when we go Hungary it’s possible to change some things in our mentality,” added Tardelli.

“It’s a very important match for us because it’s the start. Against Hungary, it will be a very, very important match because the players will start to focus very, very strongly for Poland.

“For us, it was important that the players recover their strength. In this moment, I think the players are good. They understand what we want.”

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