World Cup: Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni relishing Germany clash

Last Updated: 12/10/12 7:58am

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Giovanni Trapattoni: Looking forward to taking on Germany on Friday

Giovanni Trapattoni: Looking forward to taking on Germany on Friday

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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni says his team can 'confront' Germany in tonight's World Cup qualifier.

Germany currently lead the way in Group C with six points from two games, while Republic left it late to beat Kazakhstan in their opening match.

Trapattoni, who is remembered fondly in Germany - and in Bavaria in particular following his time at Bayern Munich - said: "I will be proud if we can win or draw because I have studied particularly what Germany have tried to do, and we must do what we can to contain them.

"They have the quality of [Thomas] Muller, [Mesut] Ozil, [Miroslav] Klose, [Mario] Gomez, [Mario] Gotze, [Lukas] Podolski - unfortunately, we don't have that kind of player.

"But we have our qualities and with our qualities, we can confront Germany.

"I am proud of this team. We have achieved very important results with our quality, with our attitude. That's what we can be proud of."

Trapattoni has named his team for the match against Germany, with Jon Walters leading the line, but refused to confirm what formation he will be using.

He said: "I have not changed the system. I said we can play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. We have to see what happens in the game.

"We can change, 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. I have to be sure that the system is available and that I can change immediately if I need to.

"I can't wait until we concede a goal. After, it is very difficult. I have to put out a team that can change after 30 minutes if necessary."

Trapattoni added: "In the last three years with Ireland, we are proud of what we have done. Without France, we could have been at the World Cup.

"But now we have changed the team and brought in younger players - this team is very, very young.

"One eye is on the result and one eye is on the ranking. Three years ago, our ranking was far away from where it is now. We have improved."

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