FAI chief executive John Delaney says that Ireland need to win four of their remaining five World Cup qualifiers, if they are to have a chance of qualifying for the finals.
It is already clear that the Irish have no chance of winning their group, but there is still an outside chance of reaching the playoffs if they can gain the points Delaney has targeted. He clearly expects us to suffer defeat against the table topping Germans but aside from that, full points are the expectation. If Trapattoni and his side can achieve that aim, then they have a fighting chance of making the playoffs.
Speaking to the Irish Independent , the Waterford man admitted that games are running out Ireland and they can’t afford any further slip ups:
“It would have been a bit easier had we won against Austria, but we move on. Our challenge is to try and win at least four of our last five games.
“We were very unfortunate to only get two points from the games against Sweden and Austria. We deserved more. But we have the Faroe Islands next (in June) and we should win that. Then, there’s the big double in September when we have Sweden at home and Austria away. Those will be the defining games.”