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POLL: Should Ireland alter their formation for the Croatia game?

In his post-match comments last night, Trap revealed that he is open to playing 4-5-1 to shore up the midfield.

Trapattoni shakes the hand of Sandor Egervari.
Trapattoni shakes the hand of Sandor Egervari.
Image: INPHO/Donall Farmer

WITH JUST FIVE days until their opening game and having watched his side being overrun by Hungary at times last night, Giovanni Trapattoni says he is thinking of mixing it up.

The Italian has stuck with a fairly rigid 4-4-2 for the majority of his time in charge of Ireland, basing it around two deep-lying central midfielders, disciplined wingers and a pair of strikers.

However, presumably feeling that midfields of Croatia, Spain and Italy might be too much for Glenn Whelan and Keith Andrews to handle, Trap now claims he is toying with the idea of sacrificing one front man.

“To have a balance we have to give up one striker or put one more in midfield,” he said on RTE.ie. ”In the past I know this position. I know this line up.”

Would you agree? Do Ireland need to go 4-5-1? Is it a little late to be looking to change things?


Poll Results:

Instructing Keane to drop deeper when we don't have possession will work better than replacing a striker for Green or Gibson. (296)
Trap is right. We'll be torn apart if we don't bring a third midfielder in. (264)
Stick with what the players are used to, it has got us this far. (180)



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