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I always play to win - Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted he will send his Ireland team out to win in Russia on Tuesday night just as he does in every game.

Trapattoni has been criticised during his reign as Ireland boss for adopting a conservative approach and grinding out results - something he has achieved with impressive regularity.

However, Ireland's lack of an expansive game-plan, particularly at the Aviva Stadium, has at times not gone down well, and they were unable to break down a well-organised Slovakia team in Dublin on Friday night. Trapattoni said: "Every game, we go on to the pitch to win."

The 72-year-old Italian is adamant that victory is his aim every time he sends his side into battle, and that will hold true for Tuesday night's intensely difficult assignment at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

He added: "If I only had what you call a defensive attitude, I wouldn't have achieved what I have achieved in 25 or 30 years as a coach. It's a simple philosophy: score more goals and concede fewer. That's my life.

"Our team has proved to be very well organised and when you consider what we have done up until now, if we can play with the same organisation and the same spirit, it is possible to win here in Russia.

"We are very conscious that we are playing against a strong team, a team with very good individual players who play in England and Germany and with the best Russian teams. But we have the same experience.

"We are divided by two points and a victory for us would mean that we go to the top of the table.

"Obviously, we are going to play to win, but getting a positive result is important."


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