Giovanni Trapattoni insists he is still the right man for the Republic of Ireland national team coaching job despite Friday’s 6-1 home hammering from Germany in 2014 World Cup qualifying in Dublin.
The Irish, who lost all three group games at the 2012 European Championships, were hammered by the relentless Germans in front of their home crowd, prompting talk of Trapattoni’s dismissal, with his honeymoon period now a distant memory.
However, the Italian moved to talk down the significance of the heavy defeat, insisting his players still believe in his methods and tactics.
“We give them jobs and we have a system to get goals, and the players believe in this,” Trapattoni said. “The team tries to do what we ask and they are also happy to do it.
“I told them that when you lose, conceding on goal or six goals or three goals, it’s the same, it’s three points gone, it only changes the psychological situation.”
He added: “Realistically, we were never going to compete against Germany for first place in the group. Our target is not Germany, our target is Sweden and Austria, and in the next game, the Faroes. We have to win and we will look to win.”
Ireland next face lowly Faroe Islands as they look to get their qualifying campaign back on track.