Giovanni Trapattoni is looking forward to New York Yankee Stadium match against Spain
Gaffer wants to do right by Irish fans in final installment of an eventful season for the Republic
Manhattan is second on the priority list for Trapattoni right now as he prepares for Friday night’s qualifier against the Faroe Islands at the Aviva and the chance to improve his team’s goal difference.
Ireland have warmed up well for the challenge. They were hugely impressive in the first half at Wembley last week when Shane Long headed them into the lead before a Frank Lampard equalizer in a game which attracted a crowd of just over 82,000 and passed off without incident.
They were also good against a 10 man Georgian side for much of Sunday’s facile 4-0 win in Dublin when an early red card for the visiting goalkeeper ruined the game as a spectacle.
Robbie Keane, set to break the Irish caps record this Friday, scored twice on Sunday, with defender Richard Keogh and Simon Cox also on target.
Those two games have fueled the appetite for an Irish goal fest, led by Keane, against a Faroes side beaten 4-1 in Torshavn last October as the critics called for Trap’s head in the wake of the heavy 6-1 defeat at home to Germany days earlier.
A goal rush is expected this Friday but Trapattoni will be as cautious as ever.
“We need to play as a team because only players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski have the quality to score on their own,” he said.
“But I think we have more possibility now with attacking players like Wilson and Seamus Coleman in the team. We have 30 percent more on the left and 30 per cent more on the right with these two players in the side.”
Coleman, man of the match at Wembley as he left Wayne Rooney and the rest in his shade, will start against the Faroes, with Richard Dunne, after his first outing of the season in the second half against Georgia, and Wes Hoolahan also in the frame for a game Ireland will win comfortably.
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