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We can't be complacent - Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni has warned his Ireland players they take nothing for granted as they look to complete a perfect start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign against Andorra.

Ireland returned from Armenia with three points, although the 1-0 victory was hard-fought against Vardan Minasyan's men, who showed they are not prepared to be the Group B whipping boys. That status is likely to be afforded to minnows Andorra, who will run out at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Russia.

However, Trapattoni will not allow over-confidence to hamper his side's quest for a second victory, and he said: "Sure, we are playing at home and everybody thinks we will win but we have to win, we must win over the 90 minutes against Andorra."

He added: "In the last qualification, Andorra were last in the table, but on Friday night France lost to Belarus, and Italy were 1-0 down to Estonia at half-time.

"The world of football today is very, very difficult. Obviously, I think we can win, but we must win."

Trapattoni is a man who by nature, takes little for granted, and while he was happy to have returned from Yerevan with a victory, he was frank in his assessment of his team's performance.

He said: "I have had a little time to think about the game and talk about two or three negative situations and other positives.

"Sure, we did not play as well as we did against Algeria or in the second half against Argentina or against France or Italy, but the reasons are easy to see.

"The players have not had many games so far this season and there wasn't the balance in the team. Also, the weather for us was not ideal.

"But in this situation, the positives are more than the negatives, for example, the performance of Shay Given, and also Robbie Keane."


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