Trapattoni sense Spain upset
Giovanni Trapattoni will send the Republic of Ireland into their do-or-die Euro 2012 battle with Spain convinced his underdogs can upset the odds.
Vicente Del Bosque's men are overwhelming favourites to secure their first victory of the Group C campaign at the PGE Arena in Gdansk, with Ireland knowing they are facing a swift exit if they do not take something from an intensely difficult encounter.
However, the 73-year-old Italian is refusing to give up on his dream of reaching the last eight. Trapattoni said: "I am proud to be the manager of the Irish players because the Irish players have heart."
He added: "But we have achieved results not only with heart because we have met France, Bulgaria, Italy, many other teams and we played the same. We play our football.
"It's creative enough and it's technical enough. Maybe Spain have one or two more creative players, but football is not only about creative players.
"Today, football is about balance on the pitch and strength with attitude and also luck. We have attitude, mentality, commitment, technical ability. We don't make bets, but I think we can win. Why not?"
Even a point would leave the Republic in with a chance of making it out of the group if they could beat Trapattoni's native Italy in their final game.
But while fans consider the various permutations, the manager is concentrating only on what lies immediately ahead.
He said: "We can hope. We have a very delicate situation now. We are playing against a very strong team but if we win, we can have another attitude.
"Italy and Spain after the first game each have one point. At this moment, it's all open. Only after tomorrow can we say if we have an opportunity or not."