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Trapattoni: We'll give Italy a game
Published : 15 Jun 2012 11:47:35
Giovanni Trapattoni has warned Italy not to expect any favours as Ireland attempt to bow out of Euro 2012 with pride restored having been beaten 4-0 by Spain.
The two sides will meet in Poznan on Monday evening with the Republic's fate already decided, but with Trapattoni's native country knowing only a win will give them a chance of reaching the quarter-finals after drawing their first two Group C games. Even then, a draw between Spain and Croatia could send Cesare Prandelli's men home.
Trapattoni said: "We have to approach the game with Italy and make sure that Ireland finish the game with our heads held high. If Italy go through, it has to be because they played well and with the right attitude."
Spain eased themselves to the brink of qualification with a powerful display against an Ireland team which wilted in the face of a relentless assault.
Once again, they conceded early as Fernando Torres marked his return to the starting line-up with a fourth-minute opener, and they were made to pay for defensive fragility as David Silva and then Torres extended the lead.
Substitute Cesc Fabregas wrapped up the points seven minutes from time with his second goal of the tournament to ensure the Republic's involvement will come to an end on Monday night.
Trapattoni said: "Spain demonstrated, even if we knew it already, that they are a team that can win, they showed they are a side which because of their technical ability, they don't actually use up a lot of energy at all.
"It's like an orchestra - they involve everyone in the way they move the ball. Vicente knows his players very well and they all play for the two biggest sides in Spain and that's a huge advantage for them.
"When I was in charge at Juventus and the national team took seven or eight players from Juventus, Italy won the World Cup, and the Italy team was great because the players knew already what they had to do.
"They could do it with their eyes closed, and that's exactly what Spain are like at the moment."