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Ireland manager says that he will not settle for simply achieving qualification and has his eye on progressing as far as possible in the tournament

Giovanni Trapattoni has said that he is confident in his Ireland team's ability and emphasised that his team must believe in themselves during Euro 2012.

"Just getting here is not enough," Trapattoni told the Irish Examiner. "There isn’t a result that satisfies me as I am never happy unless I get the ultimate prize."

He continued: "In my life as player I was lucky to play against the most important opponents, stars like Pele, Eusebio, [Johan] Cruyff. Direct confrontations, even though I was not superior to them. But that is football.

"If I don’t achieve what I think I can achieve, I am not happy.”

The 73-year-old praised his team and stated his satisfaction with the overall preparation for the tournament.

“Maybe we don’t have a Messi,” he said. "But we have very good quality and we must believe in that quality. We have good attitude and the right balance."

He added: “I don’t think we could be better prepared. My worry one month ago was that we would lose a player.

"I prayed that we would have no injury. That is the reason I asked some players to come in four days early.

"I knew there was two or three little injury problem but they recovered well; John O’Shea, Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger. I’ve no doubt now about Shay Given,” concluded the Italian coach.

Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland kick off their Euro 2012 campaign on Sunday against Group C rivals Croatia.

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