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We're still in contention - Trapattoni
Published : 13 Oct 2012 06:47:24Rss feed
Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he will not be fighting to save his job in the Faroe Islands on Tuesday night after seeing the Republic Ireland mauled by Germany.
The 73-year-old could only look on as the side ranked second in the world by FIFA trounced his makeshift team 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium and condemned them to their heaviest defeat on home soil. However, asked if Tuesday's World Cup qualifying Group C encounter in Torshavn could be vital to his continued presence at the helm, he replied: "No.
"It's a long way to Tipperary. Germany have gone, but we are in there fighting with Austria and Sweden for qualification. Why not?"
He added: "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 per cent. I don't accept players without this commitment."
Trapattoni was defiant too when, after a week during which his future has been a topic of speculation, he was asked why he wanted to remain as Ireland manager.
He said: "Because I am proud of this team and the results it has achieved. 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."
A defeat by Group C favourites Germany was perhaps not unexpected, but the manner of it cruelly exposed the deficiencies within a squad torn apart by retirements and injuries. The Republic held out for 32 minutes, but then capitulated horribly as they fell apart in the face of a determined assault - with goals coming from Marco Reus (2), Mesut Ozil, Miroslav Klose and Toni Kroos (2).
Trapattoni said: "It's difficult to explain. This evening, we were inferior against a strong team physically and technically, and we have no excuses."
Opposite number Joachim Low was understandably delighted by a victory which extended his side's 100 per cent start to the qualifying campaign. He said: "We have seen a very concentrated performance by our team. Right from the word 'go', it was palpable that there was a German presence on that pitch. We are very glad. Germany hadn't won away in Ireland for a long time."
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