Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted he will go for the win when he sends his team out to play Armenia in their crucial Euro 2012 clash on Tuesday.
Despite Ireland’s 2-0 win over Andorra keeping them in control of second spot in the group, Russia’s 1-0 win over Slovakia all but sealed the group with a home win over minnows Andorra needed on Tuesday to confirm the inevitable..
That means that Ireland will claim second spot in the group and a play-off berth if they avoid defeat to Armenia, rivals for the runner-up position, at the Aviva Stadium.
However knowing that a point will be enough to seal a second successive playoff berth, the Italian is adamant he will not play for a draw.
Speaking after the Andorra game, the veteran manager said: “It would be very, very wrong to start with that mentality.
“We are not Manchester United, but Manchester United are a team with a winning mentality and with that mentality we can go far.
“If we did that [play for a draw], it would not be my team. My team will always play to win.
“We have built this mentality and that is important. With this mentality, we can beat very, very strong teams.
“I don’t think about the record eight games in which we have not conceded a goal. I’m not interested in that. It’s how we achieve the result that matters.”