Marco Tardelli: 'Giovanni Trapattoni remains determined to succeed'

Giovanni Trapattoni
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Marco Tardelli insists that Republic of Ireland head coach Giovanni Trapattoni is still "full of enthusiasm" ahead of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Marco Tardelli has insisted that Republic of Ireland head coach Giovanni Trapattoni is still "full of enthusiasm" ahead of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Trapattoni has been criticised for the team's performance at Euro 2012, but assistant manager Tardelli has stated his bemusement as to why there have been calls for Trapattoni to be replaced.

Tardelli said: "Giovanni wants to work always every day. He is full of enthusiasm, just like he was the first time I met him.

"I don't understand why Giovanni is being criticised because he achieved good results."

Republic of Ireland begin their World Cup qualifying campaign against Kazakhstan on Friday.

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