Tardelli insists coach’s rigid system will bring success
Ireland will stick with Giovanni Trapattoni's tried and trusted 4-4-2 formation for Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia, with Marco Tardelli adamant it remains the most effective method to secure the right result.
The loyalty to the system was a major talking point after Ireland were outnumbered in midfield and outplayed by Russia in October's 3-2 defeat the Aviva Stadium.
Earlier this week, Irish midfielder Liam Lawrence cited that encounter as a "prime example" of a situation where 4-4-2 was ineffective, and suggested that Ireland perhaps needed to be more flexible in circumstances where they encounter teams operating with a three-man central midfield.
However, assistant boss Tardelli has declared that the hosts will be sticking with their favoured tactic for the visit of the Macedonians.
"Now, 4-4-2 is the best formation for us," he said. "We have the players to play 4-4-2.
"Yes, we could change to other formations, but we need 10 days to prepare for the match. We don't have enough time to switch to new systems. If we need to, we can move Robbie Keane back and play in midfield. But we are playing 4-4-2 anyway (on Saturday).
"For us, it is possible sometimes to change. It depends on the team we are playing against."
Tardelli feels that Macedonia might also use a 4-4-2 on Saturday, and believes that Ireland should concentrate on what works best for them.
The good news for Irish management yesterday was that Richard Dunne came through a full training session in Malahide unscathed.
However, Damien Duff sat out preparations with an inflamed Achilles, instead working on his fitness in the gym. Tardelli says the Fulham winger will be fine for Saturday, and also has no concerns about Sean St Ledger who was rested after damaging his knee in training on Tuesday.
Back-up striker Leon Best will miss out after he failed to convince management that he had shaken off the ankle problem that ruled him out of Newcastle's loss to Stoke last weekend.