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Giovanni Trapattoni is considering tweaking Ireland's tactics before Euro 2012 gets underway

Giovanni Trapattoni is considering tweaking Ireland's tactics before Euro 2012 gets underway

Giovanni Trapattoni is considering tweaking Ireland's tactics before Euro 2012 gets underway

Giovanni Trapattoni is ready to re-draw his masterplan on the eve of Euro 2012.

However, the 73-year-old Italian is considering a precise tweak rather than a complete overhaul after seeing his side scrap their way to a 0-0 friendly draw in Hungary in their final warm-up game.

A clearly agitated Trapattoni said: "I have to show the team what happened because it is my duty and we need to change."

Trapattoni was unhappy at the way his team struggled with the Hungarians' 4-2-3-1 formation and repeatedly allowed dangerous midfielder Balazs Dzsudzsak to roam behind lone striker Adam Szalai.

It is understood the manager, who had previously played skipper Robbie Keane in a "number 10" role, intended to review the situation after the game and before Sunday's opening Group C clash with Croatia, but it appears the need has become more urgent.

He added: "We must understand why. I know why, I knew before why, yesterday and the day before.

"When we meet a team with one striker, I know that between two lines, we are in difficulty.

"To have a balance, we have to give up one striker or put one more in midfield.

"In the past, I know this position, I know this line-up. I will speak with the team and I will show them our difficulty because we need to take a decision to sacrifice a striker, or we need to change the situation."

He added: "We need one more in midfield. If you watch, if you see, one more in midfield. It is clear."

PA