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Friday 22 September 2017

Lar Corbett: While I'm at it ...

Lar Corbett

I'd love to find myself locked in a room with Giovanni Trapattoni. I've pictured the scene since Ireland's exit from Euro 2012.

His translator Manuela Spinelli is here too. Let's hope nothing is lost in translation because my message is clear. What I've seen during the three games is a collection of players devoid of confidence.

Top-class professionals with their clubs didn't feel comfortable with the ball. That needs to change. Look at Barcelona's players -- they love the ball, keep it, use it. Our mentality is to get rid of it, and it's not sitting right with our players.

I was surprised at Trapattoni's insistence that James McClean was not psychologically ready to play a bigger role at the Euros. Wrong message.

Look at Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. What do his players consistently say about him? He makes them feel 10 feet tall. He makes them feel better about themselves every time.

Even if Trap had brought in his second string XI to play Italy in our final group game, the result would still have been the same, in my opinion. The players are playing with fear instead of belief in their own ability, and the ability of their team-mates.

A final thing -- surely it's time to give Shane Long an extended run in the team. One of Tipp's finest.

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