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‘We don’t want to surrender some of our good attributes’ – Stephen Kenny and Ireland aiming to battle the heat in Armenia


Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny speaks to his players

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny speaks to his players

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny speaks to his players

Stephen Kenny will use Ireland's first training session in Armenia to assess how the heat will impact on their game-plan for Saturday's UEFA Nations League clash.

Kenny and his squad are training in Yerevan at 5pm local time (2pm Irish) which is the kickoff for the opening game of the campaign.

The manager wants Ireland to operate the pressing style he favours and is reluctant to bend from that, yet accepts that the conditions will have to be taken into consideration.

It's 31 degrees in the Armenian capital at the moment and it's forecast to be similar on match day.

"It will be interesting to train at 5pm today and tomorrow and get a full picture of that," said Kenny, speaking at the Irish team hotel earlier today.

"It's difficult to press with intensity for 90 minutes but we don't want to surrender some of our good attributes. We don't want to modify too much if we can."

Ireland coach John Eustace will join up with the 27-man party later on tonight after taking time off from camp so he could get married.

When Eustace was hired as Anthony Barry's replacement earlier this year, he told Kenny that his wedding was scheduled for this week so after coming to Dublin for the first part of the gathering he was allowed to go home to England for Monday and Tuesday.

Kenny and the rest of his staff arrived in Armenia in time to watch Ukraine's World Cup playoff victory over Scotland.

Ireland will play both teams in Dublin next week with Ukraine in town on Wednesday and Scotland in Ballsbridge on Saturday.

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Ukraine will now play Wales in their World Cup decider this Sunday which opens up the prospect their eyes will be taken off the ball for the Nations League but Kenny was reluctant to consider permutations from an Irish perspective.

"To be honest, we really just have to focus on Armenia," he said. "Ukraine were excellent in the game, really impressive. We knew that as we have watched a lot of their games. They have a lot of really good technical players. Scotland probably didn't play to their full potential last night and Ukraine deserved to win overall."

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