BRAZIL star Gilberto says that his side are wary of facing Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland in a friendly in London next month, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
Former Arsenal hero Gilberto is relishing a return to his old stomping ground as he is named in the Brazil squad for the March 2nd friendly against Ireland at the Emirates Stadium, but knows that Ireland under Trapattoni are a tough prospect.
"With Giovanni Trapattoni as coach and Liam Brady as assistant, it makes Republic of Ireland an even stronger opposition for us," Gilberto said.
"Trapattoni and Brady are both people I have huge respect for and they have done a great job for the country. "I'm sure the Republic of Ireland players will have a big motivation to beat Brazil and we will be doing our best to produce a good performance. I must say, I'm really looking forward to the match, it will be really exciting for the supporters.
"We have played them twice in Dublin and now we will play at Emirates Stadium. Republic of Ireland are a good team and for us it is a very good preparation. For Brazil, it's always a big responsibility, always a tough match and we will do everything to go for this game and do our best.
"This match is a friendly before the World Cup, so it's important for the players and also for the coach and the staff to see the condition of each player.
"Although this is a friendly, it's important that we play well, get a good result against a strong Republic of Ireland side," he added.