U-17s will need discipline for Italy test - Mohan
Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30
After the resilience shown to earn their 0-0 draw with Holland on Thursday, discipline and focus will be key for the Republic of Ireland against Italy in Stara Zagora tomorrow.
While Tom Mohan's side have a point in the bag in the UEFA U-17 Championship finals, a 1-0 loss to England in their first game means Italy need a victory today to avoid blowing their chances in the tournament.
"They'll have to get something and that adds to the demands of the game for us too," said manager Mohan. "We're in a good place going into it, but we can't be complacent."
England created five times as many chances against Italy in Bourgas while the Italians committed twice as many fouls.
"It is, yes," agreed Mohan on the importance of his players keeping their discipline tomorrow.
"At this level, the further you go, the demands on players' discipline is key."
Italy's No 10, AC Milan-based Manuel Locatelli, is seen as the danger man.
"He's a good player, their playmaker. A lot of their stuff goes through him. He has a good range of passing," said Mohan.
"They've got a threat up front too. They'll be organised as well. It's a different type of challenge. There will be nothing easy about it.
"We've got good attacking players. We'll look to go and attack them every chance we get and create opportunities.
"You want to be going into the final group game in with a chance of qualifying. It's Italy now and we'll do our homework and get our game plan for Sunday."
Defender Corey O'Keeffe returns from suspension to give Ireland a full squad for the clash.