The Italian tactician surprised many supporters when he opted to play a 4-3-3 formation rather than his traditional 4-4-2 with the Boys in Green in the 0-0 draw against SerbiaRepublic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has admitted that he was pleased with how his team fared against Serbia in last night's 0-0 friendly draw.
The Italian tactician took the decision to change his tactical approach, deploying a 4-3-3 formation with Sunderland winger James McClean in centre midfield and has suggested that he may continue with the formation going forward into the World Cup Qualifying campaign which kicks off against Kazakhstan in September.
“I have to digest tonight first and then I have a month to decide what to do. I will take my time," Trapattoni told the Irish Times after the game.
He continued: “But tonight was good for us. It was a good performance and we always knew that it would be difficult because this was only two weeks after some of the players had started their pre-season training.
"Because of that some of them looked tired with 30 minutes still to play in the game. The team played well, though, and because of this I am very happy."
Trapattoni was happy that younger players such as James McCarthy and James McClean played, but said that he would speak to his captain Robbie Keane, as well as Damien Duff and Richard Dunne prior to the game against Kazakhstan.
“We made things little difficult for Serbia because we were well organised but they played well too," he said. "I liked what I saw but I said beforehand that while this was a good test for the young players, we don’t forget the other players.
"Before we play Kazakhstan we will talk to Richard Dunne, Robbie Keane and Damien Duff and we will look to have a more experienced team.”
And the Boys in Green boss revealed that he was pleased with the performances of goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, in the aftermath of the news that Shay Given was retiring.
“We know now that we can trust Westwood," stressed Trapattoni. "It was a big moment for him after the news about Shay Given. I was sure he could be a good substitute for Shay and he showed us that tonight when he made the save that we can trust him.”
Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland take on Kazakhstan in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers in September