Friday 20 September 2019

McCarthy calls on Irish players to learn from Premier stars

Mick McCarthy. Photo: Sportsfile
Mick McCarthy. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Mick McCarthy will make no apology for the aggressive style that Ireland will employ in tonight's Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland.

The Ireland manager has argued that if it's good enough for Manchester City and Liverpool, it will be good enough for him.

He has promised that his team will seek to press high and make life difficult for the visitors.

And while Ireland's playing style is rarely praised by the purists, McCarthy has argued that his team will be seeking to replicate the top teams in England with a high-tempo approach.

"That's part of the game," said McCarthy. "The most aggressive teams in the Premier League are Manchester City and Liverpool, in terms of high press.

"You try and get through that and they'll take you down. That's aggressive.

"I've watched Switzerland by the way and there's no shortage of aggression from them, how they work, how they press. At the end of it, I'm not really worried. If we win 1-0 and it's ugly, and not pleasant I'll be fine with it.

"We won't be changing the way we play. We'll be playing our usual brand even though some find it unpleasant," he added, with a nod to Swiss comments in the preliminaries.

McCarthy is conscious that the hosts need to be sharper in possession if they do win the ball higher up the pitch.

He is confident Callum Robinson will be fit after sitting out training yesterday with a minor ailment.

"We've a settled approach to the game," said the 60-year-old. "We know what we're about and what we've got to do. We've a settled way of playing and a settled squad."

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