Tuesday 12 December 2017

Captain Keane worn out talking about rest day

Robbie Keane during squad training ahead of their opening Euro 2012, Group C, game against Croatia on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Keane during squad training ahead of their opening Euro 2012, Group C, game against Croatia on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Ireland captain Robbie Keane has moved to quell the commotion caused by Aiden McGeady's revelation that Giovanni Trapattoni's training methods had left the players feeling "tired."

"I'm growing tired of this line of questioning," Keane told reporters after yesterday's training session Gdynia.

"You ask me the same question in different ways and if I answer it differently then you'll have a story.

"When you've been in the game as long as Giovanni Trapattoni has been, you know when players need to be rested.

"With any club side, there would be a midweek rest day before a game at the weekend. The decision he made was entirely normal and understandable."

Assistant Marco Tardelli strenuously denied assertions that Ireland's players had asked for Wednesday's training to be cancelled and expressed surprise when asked about Mcgeady's comments.

"What did he say? You saw the training? Are the players weak? No. It is normal after a match and, after the rain on the pitch, it is possible the players are weak, but I don't think so."

But Keith Andrews confirmed, to add to the confusion, that the players had indeed approached the manager.

"I think it's been built up to be more than it is. You don't train every single day when you're at your club.

"It was a case of... we have an itinerary and it was pencilled in as a day's training.

"But the lads spoke to the manager and came to the conclusion that a day off would be best for all concerned. It was just as simple as that, really.

"The vast majority of us are used to the English system where we train for two or three days and have a day off.

"Italian football is a lot less intense.

"When we train, we can't seem to take it easy.

"Once we stick up a goal and a put in a couple of 'keepers, it becomes competitive. That's just our nature.

"It was a mental break as much as physical."

UEFA have announced that 38-year-old Dutchman Bjorn Kuipers will referee Sunday's Group C clash in Poznan.

Irish Independent

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