Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said that it is 'not easy to change habits' after being asked about changing his tactical approach.
Trapattoni yesterday named his squad to face Germany and Faroe Islands in World Cup qualification fixtures and dismissed talk of tactical experimentation. The Italian tactician has been criticised in the past for his perseverance with the 4-4-2 formation, but insisted that he has tried other formations in the past.
"I am not so silly as to not know how to set up a 4-3-3," Trapattoni told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I tried against Serbia but after 20 minutes I was forced to go back to 4-4-2. It’s not easy to change habits, schools [of thought] and traditions. It takes time."
Trapattoni also pointed out that many of the players that he has to work with in the Ireland set up do not play in the English Premier League and that it is difficult to implement a new system when the fans are impatient.
"I have people who play little in the Premier League," he said. "Football is going in that direction, it’s less local and more international... it’s with these interchanges that the culture of football grows."
He added: "Foreign coaches, the exchange of information, more TV. It’s like [Arsene] Wenger says, it’s the quality of the players that suggests the system to you.
"If you want to play possession football and as soon as the crowd boos your player loses it, what can you come up with? Today they are massacring a young colleague [Massimiliano Allegri at AC Milan]," concluded Trapattoni.