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We'll keep aggressive style: Mick

 

Tactical thinking: Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy
Tactical thinking: Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy

By Daniel McDonnell

Mick McCarthy will make no apology for the aggressive style that the Republic of Ireland will employ in tonight's Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland.

The Republic boss has argued that if it's good enough for Manchester City and Liverpool, it will be good enough for him.

He has promised that his team will seek to press high and make life difficult for the visitors.

And while the Republic's playing style is rarely praised by the purists, McCarthy has argued that his team will be seeking to replicate the top teams in England with a high tempo approach.

"That's part of the game," said McCarthy. "The most aggressive teams in the Premier League are Manchester City and Liverpool, in terms of high press.

"You try and get through that and they'll take you down.

"That's aggressive.

"I've watched Switzerland by the way and there's no shortage of aggression from them, how they work, how they press.

"At the end of it, I'm not really worried. If we win 1-0 and it's ugly and not pleasant I'll be fine with it. We won't be changing the way we play. We'll be playing our usual brand even though some find it unpleasant," he added, with a nod to Swiss comments in the preliminaries.

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