The veteran boss of the Boys in Green took the time to praise his compatriot in charge of the Azzurri ahead of the Group C clash between the two sides on Monday eveningRepublic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has praised Italy coach Cesare Prandelli ahead of the sides' Group C encounter in Poznan.
The 73-year-old, who confirmed that the Boys in Green will start with the same line-up against the Italians as in their opener, feels that Prandelli has brought a sense of professionalism and respect to the Azzurri.
"Prandelli's done a very good job. He's given the squad a sense of professionalism, of respect. Italy qualified in excellent fashion," Trapattoni stated at a press conference.
"He's demonstrated he's very wise, shown by how he's dealt with the players, and I had great respect for him as a player, and now as a coach."
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Trapattoni then went on to stress that Ireland won't be pushovers against his home nation, as they aim to leave Euro 2012 on a high.
"We've had two difficult matches with early goals. Now we must go in with the same mentality and attitude as in the qualifying campaign," he added.
"We play for our honour of the nation against Italy. We all have a duty to do the best we can. Obviously we don't want to go home with another defeat."
Monday's encounter kicks off at 20:45CET.