Giovanni Trapattoni: Ireland can still qualify for 2014 World Cup
Republic of Ireland's Giovanni Trapattoni insists qualification for the 2014 World Cup is still possible despite 6-1 loss to Germany
Giovanni Trapattoni believes the Republic of Ireland can still qualify for the 2014 World Cup despite suffering a 6-1 defeat by Germany at the Aviva Stadium on Friday.
Joachim Löw’s side consigned Ireland to their heaviest defeat on home soil since 1931 as Marco Reus and Toni Kroos both scored twice, with Miroslav Klose and Mesut Özil also netting to leave the visitors three points clear at the top of Group C.
Ireland face Faroe Islands on Tuesday before tough tests against Sweden and Austria next Spring, and Trapattoni backed his squad to bounce back from the confidence-sapping loss in their next World Cup qualifier.
“It’s a long way to Tipperary,” said Trapattoni.
“Germany have gone, but we are in there fighting with Austria and Sweden for qualification. Why not?
“The players have to answer us and I am sure they can. We need to see their commitment in a very important situation here.
“I am proud of those players because their commitment is full, 100%. I don’t accept players without this commitment.”
Trapattoni led Ireland to their first major tournament in a decade earlier this summer, but the Men in Green failed to claim a single point at Euro 2012.
With an unconvincing win against Kazakhstan and Friday night’s heavy defeat, the Italian is under increased pressure, but the 73-year-old revealed he would not walk away from his post.
“[I won’t quit] because I am proud of this team and the results it has achieved,” he added.
“It’s not about money – it’s about pride and being professional in my job. I was in four countries and I won in every country.”