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Assistant manager met up with a portion of his squad this week and is of the opinion that the Irish have the talent and application to go all the way

Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli believes that his side can win Euro 2012. Giovanni Trapattoni's side have been drawn in a tough-looking Group C alongside defending champions Spain, Italy and Croatia.

Nonetheless, Tardelli, a 1982 World Cup winner with Italy, thinks that the Irish squad is capable of going all the way to the final.

“I think this tournament, this trophy, is strange because everything is possible," he told the press following Ireland training on Friday.

"I think the team are fit and have a good chance of winning the trophy.”

“When we started with Ireland the boss gave his players the right mentality.

"Now they show us they have this mentality, because during the season I saw many of their matches, and they have the right mentality.

Ireland's preparations begin in earnest on Sunday when the squad comes together in Dublin. Last week saw 10 players convene in the Irish capital for a pre-camp meet up. Those preparations will prove vital when Ireland clash with Slaven Bilic's Croatia on June 10.

“It’s always important to begin well, but it is important in the first game for morale and also for the points,” Tardelli said. “But we know our group is very tough.”