Hopefully cos I'm going
I think we have a wonderful chance once we can get the team right and keep the main players fit. If we get Finnan and O' Brien back to partner Dunne and Kilbane/Delaney at the back. Keep the two Reidís and McGeady fit. Get Duff back on form and get Robbie doing what he does best then we have a great chance. Canít wait for the upcoming friendlys.
If we are lucky with injuries and Trapp can tighten up the team defensively and minimize our weaknesses then we have a shot. I think we can get back to the level that Kerr had us at in the last WC campaign - and if we can add a bit of luck and composure then we can do it.
Dunne & Keane really need to show better leadership and guidance on the field, frankly I think neither is a great leader but they will be the guys who influence the team most. I think a lot depends on them.
Anywho its a tough task for Trap, I can see us doing well at home but we have been brutal away from home for a long time now, 1st game against Georga away I feel will be crucial if we are going to change this losing menality away from home
We have to at least beat Italy at least once if we want to top the group maybe two draws will do also. This might be a bridge too far I would take play-off right now if I was given it.
I think Trapattoni has indictated that professionalism is required while making the players feel less pressure also, a halfway house between the last two managers. He definitely made reference to giving them small concise info on opponents rather than subjecting them to hours of footage.
I'm hopeful for this campaign but thats all it is, hope.
Last edited by Kingdom; 15/05/2008 at 8:57 AM.
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for me, the first games against georgia and montenegro are crucial. if we were to get 6 points (i expect 4) then I would fancy us to beat Cyprus away.
Also, I do feel we are due a really huge win; ie beating Bulgaria away or beating italy at home. I didn't put these type of results in my predictions, but I think with a guy like Trap, were we to get an early lead we would have the discipline to hold on.
Bulgaria are no world-beaters by any means, it will be difficult to beat them but I think they will say the same about us when they come to Croker. This is where I think the Trapattoni factor will come in big time he will look at games like this and set out the game plan to get results and hopefully nick a win at places like Bulgaria rather then setting out just to hope for a draw.
We actually do have the players to do a good job even if some play in Championship in England. We just have to look at teams like Czech Republic who would have players playing in some cases lower leagues and standards then our boys here and they can go to Germany and win 3-0.
A little self belief I think is what our players need and maybe we now have people in charge who can provide that which we have not had since Big Jacks days.
A large number of things will have to go our way in order for us to be successful in qualification. First off, we need to avoid major injuries to our key players of Dunne, Hunt, the two Reids, Carsley, and Keane. I've given up on Duff at this point, sad to say.
Clearly we need to aim for second place and hope that Italy can clear the table. This is even more important that us beating the minnows. If Italy can take six points off Bulgaria and we can nick a draw at home against the mob then we'll be alright I think.
The third, and most important thing, is avoiding the embarassment we suffered at the hands of Cyprus last time out. We can't afford to lose to anyone except Italy and we must get at least two points off of the Bulgarians.
I'd love to seem Trap blood one or two young players, but no more than that. I think he should call up young Jamie McCarthy from Hamilton and let us see what all the fuss is about. We need to cap him while we can, he must be under tremendous pressure to switch to Scotland.
It's too early to tell what sort of an impact Trapp will have as we have not even had any friendlies under him yet. We need two or three competitve matches before we'll have some idea. Please don't anyone underestimate Cyprus - they've embarrassed us already and are a better side than many people give them credit for; if we disrespect them again, then we will get turned over again. As to whether or not we will qualify - we definitely have the talent to make the playoffs but the manager really does need to make a very positive impact before that becomes a realistic possibility. As someone has already said, I am hopeful but nothing more (right now).
Third again. We don't have enough leadership in the middle of the field to win the big games.
I think I should the parachute, because I'm great.
In fact, I think I should get both parachutes, in case one doesn't work.
while i think Paddy Garcia is a wee bit over the top in his projection i do believe that we need to be realistic of our quality and prospects for this campaign. I think a close third may be the most realistic result. Anything better and Trap has worked wonders.
If you're paranoid, let me reassure you: everybody is not out to get you. It's only one guy and its not who you think.
We can qualify for the tournament, but we're going to need an awful lot of good fortune to do so IMO. There are so many factors riding against us. I don't mean to have a go at the man again, and it's not all his own fault but Staunton really did leave the team in an awful state. We have very little back up for the defence, and very little back up players in attack who play regularly.
However, the most alarming thing for me is the lack of partnerships that his stewardship produced. Under Kerr we had an extremely stable squad and first eleven - perhaps too stable - but now we have very little continuity and there are no players who have played that much together. The amount of different players we used in each position has left us with far too many weak options and not a lot of good ones.
Trapattoni has a massive job on his hand, and if we do qualify it will be a wonderful achievement by him. That said though, we do have quality within our ranks and it is achievable if we go about things the right way.
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So Stan was a good manager it was just the players, why did we bother replacing him??
No disrespect you're a pessimist.
Italy Home Draw Away Draw 2 pts
Bulgaria Home Win Away Loss 3 pts
Montenego Home Win Away Draw 4 pts
Cyprus Homw Win Away Win 6 pts
Georgia Home Win Away Win 6 pts
Total 21 points
Last edited by Greenforever; 16/05/2008 at 8:37 PM.
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