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Trapattoni eyes Germany with predictable caution

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI believes that the threat posed by Germany's physical presence will force him to play it safe at the Aviva on Friday.

Some will argue that Trapattoni is simply following his tried and trusted formula of caution laced with more caution. It is clear that he is ultra-wary of German strength and conditioning.

"I have to evaluate whether the Germans are so strong physically and decide if we have to focus on defence or whether we can adopt a different approach," he said.

The big winner if he chooses a more bold, attacking route will be Seamus Coleman. "That will decide whether I play Coleman or not. He has very dangerous opponent, either (Mario) Götze or (Lukas) Podolski, very difficult opponents, both fast, dangerous.

"The Germans will not be coming here with arrogance and they can take a different approach and attitude away from home."

Trapattoni hinted that Andy Keogh, who successfully shackled Andrea Pirlo in a friendly against the Italians in Liège last year, might be the man to fill the space in midfield after Ireland's win over Oman, but he seems to have changed his mind.

"(Mesut) Ozil is not Pirlo. Keogh is a very good player but we need a midfielder in midfield because Germany is physically superior to us.

"We know Germany's quality and their offensive potential. They are on top of the group and one of the strongest teams in the world."

Trapattoni admitted that the loss of Glenn Whelan is a big blow and that he doesn't have another player in the Ireland squad like him.

"It's correct to say Glenn is a big loss. We don't have another player like him but we can't use it as an excuse," he said.


"But it could mean we will change. In most positions we have like for like but perhaps with the exception of Glenn Whelan. Yes, we have other options in midfield like Andrews, McCarthy, but perhaps we will have to do something a little bit different.

"Particularly in this situation, because it's Germany."

As expected, Trapattoni also confirmed that James McClean and Sean St Ledger are both out of the picture for the second game in this World Cup double-header and will not travel to the Faroe Islands. He has called in Ciaran Clark as defensive cover despite the fact that he dismissed the Aston Villa utility man as an option just a few short weeks ago.