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Thursday 17 April 2014

Trap not feeling the pressure

Giovanni Trapattoni insists speculation is part and parcel of his job

Giovanni Trapattoni insists he feels under no pressure as Ireland attempt to end an eventful 2012 against Greece.

The 73-year-old Italian and his players will return to the Aviva Stadium for the first time since last month's horror show against Germany. Ireland were mangled by Joachim Low's men as they cruised to a 6-1 World Cup qualifier victory which left Trapattoni hanging on for grim death as the knives were sharpened.

However, he survived, and when asked if defeat by the Greeks, who are currently ranked 12th in the world by FIFA, 24 places above the Irish, would start the bandwagon rolling once again, Trapattoni replied: "I don't think so. Our job always so. People forget the victories. In my life, what I have done until now, and now also with this team, is improve teams. That is the life of the manager."

He added: "You can lose because of a referee's mistake or because of another mistake.

"For us, it's not a great problem. For me, it's no great problem."

Press Association

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