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Tardelli upbeat as Ireland's 'Cinderella' story continues

“The players want to do something very important for the country. We believe. We will go out on to the pitch to win the match.”

Marco Tardelli consoles goalscorer Sean St Ledger after Sunday night's defeat in Poznan.
Marco Tardelli consoles goalscorer Sean St Ledger after Sunday night's defeat in Poznan.
Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

GIVEN THAT IRELAND are unlikely to see much of the ball on Thursday night, Marco Tardelli’s description of the team, today, as “Cinderella” is probably apt.

The assistant manager, however, doesn’t feel that any extensive makeover is needed to prevent the team having to go home before the party really gets started. He described the mood in the camp as “perfect”.

“You saw during the training that the players want to play a good match against Spain.

“We have two or three days to decide. Maybe it’s possible to change something, but for me and for Giovanni, the players played well and did their best.”

He admitted, though, that the management team did have to pick the players up after Croatia… but continued their positive spin on the performance.

“Yes, it’s normal. We spoke with them. They are professional players and it’s normal after a defeat that the players are upset.

“But we need to see the performance and not the defeat because we conceded three goals in a strange way. We are ready for the next match.

The players want to do something very important for the country. We believe. We will go out on to the pitch to win the match. But, in football, there are three results and sometimes all things are possible.

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