Ipswich manager and former Irish international Roy Keane believes the boys in green can overcome Les Bleus when Ireland take on France in the two legged World Cup playoff on November 14 and 18.
Keane, as infamous a player in the green of Ireland as he was in the red of Manchester, believes that the sum of Ireland’s parts will prevail against the individual talents on the French Team.
“It will be an intriguing game because France are a very dangerous team. France have some very good players, but then good players don’t necessarily make a good team and Ireland do have a good team.
“Individually France have better players, but Ireland have shown over the years to be a good team and that is what you need,” the Corkman told the Irish Times.
Keane, whose championship side Ipswich hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw with Reading at the weekend, feels Trapattoni may have to tweak his tactics slightly against the French in the two legged decider.
“He may change it. He has gone down the road of making them hard to beat and trying to nick a goal during qualifying matches
“But this needs a different mentality because they need to win. There may have been one or two too many draws, but he has got them to where they are by being disciplined. That’s Trapattoni’s mindset and you can’t question that or what he’s done. They will need that again over the next week or so and a bit more now.”
However, caution may need to be thrown aside should the game not unfold as planned, and it is then that Trap and his men will possibly have to open up a little more.
“Ireland may have to be a bit more adventurous, it depends how the games pan out. If there’s an early goal, injuries, sendings-off or score from the first game.
“That’s why the games are going to be good because one or the other team will have to take a risk at some stage to win the game.
“That’s like the Champions League at the moment. The group matches are absolutely boring. It is the next round where it gets interesting when teams need to win.”