Slovakia are in Dublin for a depleted Ireland’s second Euro 2016 warm-up game. Slovak football journalist Lukáš Vráblik gives us the low-down on the Boys in Green’s fellow qualifiers heading to France this summer.
There were two main reasons why Ireland didn’t beat Slovakia on Friday night. Firstly, Aiden McGeady’s inept performance handicapped the home side reducing our attacking threat to just one outlet, Damien Duff. And secondly, Trapattoni chose not to replace the Spartak Moscow player until six minutes to go.
Slovakia; The first of four games that will decide if Giovanni Trapattoni has completed his mission to turn the Republic of Ireland into worthy performers on the game’s top stage. A win at Lansdowne Road will put daylight between ourselves and the Slovaks and pitch Ireland in a two-way shoot-out with Russia for automatic qualification. Provided, of course, Ireland back up the players’ words this week with action.
KIE Carew talks to his mate, Michal Winkler from Slovakia about what the Green Army can expect when they visit his home town of Zilina in the North West of the country for the match on Tuesday.
TRAP is not for turning. The Irish manager is going to do things his way and will look for a response in Slovakia from largely the same team who saw action against Russia.ng