Giovanni Trapattoni has said Chelsea's Champions League triumph against Bayern Munich should inspire Ireland
players to compete against the odds.
The former Bayern manager watched his old club lose the final on penalties after dominating much of the 120 minutes. Chelsea won the game 4-3 on spot kicks; the match ended 1-1 after extra time in Munich's Allianz Arena.
“It was a very beautiful game. I understand the great disappointment of Bayern, they were sure they would win as Chelsea were missing three or four players," the 73-year old told reporters in Malahide at Ireland's training camp.
He added: "But for us it is a good lesson because when a team has order, even if all of the possession is with Bayern, they can win. I think Chelsea played well and were well organised.”
Ireland are expected to surrender the lion's share of possession to their Group C opponents Spain in next month's Euro 2012 match. Trapattoni has urged his team to stick to their gameplan and use Chelsea's win as a model for success.
“We need to use our weapons, our strengths. It’s not forbidden to do what you can do, it is a game that depends on the personalities of two teams, not one, theirs and ours. Maybe the other teams can force us to stay in our half like Chelsea.
“But they (Munich) had 17 corners while Chelsea had one and both scored a goal. We have a good personality and we don’t fear our opponents. We must have that conviction. We don’t have a Messi or Ronaldo but we have a good group," said the Republic of Ireland manager.
Trapattoni told reporters earlier last week that he had been in charge of QPR then Manchester City would not have scored the two late goals which won the Premier League crown in dramatic fashion.
"It was a great mistake. The manager should say 'stay, wait and keep the position.' But they play immediately and lose two goals and lose the game."