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Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni and assistant manager Marco Tardelli.
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni and assistant manager Marco Tardelli.
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'I hope he has got rid of all his fuel' -- Trapattoni ready for genius of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ireland have to face him in March. Gulp.
Nov 15th 2012, 12:24 AM 1,123 0

AFTER IRELAND WERE beaten by Greece at the Aviva Stadium last night, manager Giovanni Trapattoni got some more bad news.

Ireland’s World Cup qualification group rivals had beaten England 4-2 in Stockholm, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored all four. And what a collection of goals.

Asked by reporters how he will attempt to keep the Swede quiet next year, he answered with a smile: “I hope he’s finished, I hope he has got rid of all his fuel.

“We know Ibrahimovic very well. He is one of those strikers who can score a goal alone. There are other strikers who need the team, but he is one of those – as  Ronaldo is and Messi another; strikers who can create goals for themselves,” he added.

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VIDEO: Ibrahimovic scores one of the best goals you’ll ever see (and three other stunners)

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