Giovanni Trapattoni was asked at Satruday’s post match press conference somewhat tongue in cheek whether the Irish setup would transfer the planned pre tournament training camp from Italy to what has been a scorching Dublin of late.
The 73 year-old confirmed that Ireland would not be cancelling their planned trip to Italy, with regard to what has been an extremely hot week in Ireland.
Trapattoni said that he saw this week that the team was enthusiastic despite some small injuries, having spoken to St. Ledger and Dunne and I decided to change with O’Dea in the centre. “When I cannot sleep, I think about these things.
“They have achieved good condition this week in training (having not trained for a few weeks since the end of the season). We said yesterday this would not be an easy game. This (Bosnia) is a technical team. They played well in qualification. We wished to see if we have forgotten why we achieved our qualification position.
“I think we deserved to win today. We had more shots and more corners. I think it was a very important goal because we had a lot of opportunities and we deserved to win.”
The manager had a mixed reaction to James McClean’s first full game for Ireland: “I think McClean played very well in the first half. Second half he went a little bit out of the game, he had used up his energy.”
When asked if he was worried about Ireland’s profligacy in front of goal, given that we weren’t likely to create as many chances in Poland; Trapattoni stated: “It is important to create opportunities. We hit the post and the bar and Damien Duff could have scored in the last minute. We could have scored three or four.”
Trapttoni also spoke of Paul McShane’s chances of making the final 23 man squad which must be submitted to UEFA next week: “We’ll decide over the weekend to see if Foley and Kelly have recovered. There is a possibility that we might name McShane. With Foley’s injury, there is a chance McShane might play. I asked him if he wanted to come and play or go on holidays. We have the list because there are two out with injury.
“The 23 I name next week will be the same as those I announced earlier this month. I have all the information and read all the newspapers. We have until the day of the first game to make a change. There is no final decision.” Trapattoni also confirmed that McShane would travel with the squad but “He can go on holiday if he wishes.”
Trap stated that the game with Bosnia would be helpful in terms of preparing for the Euro 2012 clash with Croatia, given both countries similarities in styles: “Yes. I remember when I was a player and they were Yugoslavia. The team is similar (to Croatia) but different. They are both technical teams.”
Trapattoni confirmed that there were no injuries from the game with Bosnia.
When asked if he was confident about the levels of competition generated from McGeady’s 45 minute second half man match cameo and Walters also performing well, Trapattoni stated: “Competition is very important. Today we made six substitutions and they were very important.”
When asked about the criticism Aiden McGeady has received in the past and his strong showing against Bosnia, Trapattoni responded: “McGeady when he arrived was already McGeady, he was very confident after playing in another country (Russia). The same with McClean. Gibson today was one of the best on the pitch with mentality and attitude. Now McGeady is one of our strongest.”
Moving on to the possibility of John O’Shea and Shay Given being fit for Ireland’s opening Euro 2012 match with Croatia, Trapattoni stated: “After Friday, I would say ‘No, they will not be fit.’ When we have the next training session we will try them out, just like Richard Dunne has shown he was ready during the week just gone.”