AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
GDANSK: Ireland’s veteran coach Giovanni Trapattoni has said his team must show belief against defending champions Spain on Thursday as the Irish fight to keep their Euro 2012 dreams alive.
Having suffered a 3-1 defeat against Croatia in their opening Group C game on Sunday, Ireland are looking at an almost certain early exit unless they can get something from their game with the world champions in Gdansk. The Irish are making only their second appearance at a European championship and Trapattoni says his team must concentrate and show belief if they are to avoid exiting after the group stages, as they did back in 1988.
Having played a 4-3-3 formation against Italy with Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas up front, Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque must decide whether to give striker Fernando Torres another chance after he impressed from the bench against Italy. “I am not happy about everything that happened against Italy — there are things we must improve,” said del Bosque.
“But I am not unhappy with the options we have, we had four options — the three everyone was aware of (strikers Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Torres or Fernando Llorente) and then that of Cesc,” he said. Del Bosque said if it came to it he would do without a classic centre forward again.
“The only thing that interests us is what is in the interest of the team,” added Del Bosque. “The opinions of others surely have interests distinct from our own.”