The former Azzurri boss insisted that his adopted nation will not roll over in Monday's decisive match in PoznanGiovanni Trapattoni has insisted Ireland will not do Italy any favours when the two sides meet on Monday in the third and final Group C clash at Euro 2012.
The Azzurri must win to give themselves any chance of reaching the quarter finals but even a victory would not guarantee a place in the knockout phase. Former Italy manager Trapattoni wants the Boys in Green to bow out of the Euros with some pride after two straight defeats to Croatia and Spain.
"We have to approach the game against Italy and it is my duty to make sure we finish with our heads held high," the 73-year-old told reporters in Gdansk following Ireland's 4-0 defeat to the reiging champions.
"If Italy are to make the quarter finals, it has to be down to the fact they played well and through their quality and attitude. We need to do our duty."
The veteran tactician, who has been at the helm for four years, pledged his loyalty to the Irish team and wants to give the supporters a good performance in their final appearance at the tournament.
"I need to think about the Irish team. I have to think about how disappointed our players are and the Irish people, who deserve a lot of respect.
"We came here with confidence and enthusiasm, they cheered us when we were behind and the players mustn't forget this," said the former Juventus manager.
Trapattoni, who coached Italy between 2000 and 2004, was in charge of his country when they exited Euro 2004 at the group stage when Denmark and Sweden drew to send the Azzurri crashing out.
A similar situation could befell Italy if Spain and Croatia draw 2-2 or better on Monday which would end the Italian campaign at the group phase again.
Ireland take on Italy at 19.45 BST on Monday in Poznan.