Trapattoni denies blaming players

Fri, Jun 15, 2012, 01:00

Soccer:Giovanni Trapattoni has denied landing the blame for yesterday’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of world champions Spain on his players and also defended his position as the right man to lead the country into the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Republic of Ireland manager, after watching his side slump to a another heavy defeat in Poland having opened with a 3-1 loss to Croatia last Sunday, said his team were fearful when taking to the field against Spain and suggested they froze on the occasion.

When it was put to him today that this was seen by some as harsh on players who were adopting to a slightly modified system, with Simon Cox playing an unfamiliar role as a deep lying forward, he fervently defended his position: but he did qualify it by adding that is was the players who conceded just minutes after the first ball was kicked in both games.

“No, no, no. I already said when we lose; the manager also loses. But I said also, two minutes, one goal. It was very difficult against this team. I can also make a mistake but (to concede) after two minutes? That changes all, changes psychologically, changes tactically and the formation. It changed against Spain. (We) play with eyes closed.