The former Italy and Internazionale midfielder believes that his old team mate can triumph in the face of adversity by securing a win against GreeceRepublic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni will 'get the best out of his players' against Greece, according to former Italy and Internazionale player Sandro Mazzola.
Mazzola, 70, is a former team mate of the Boys in Green coach, having played together for the Azzurri during the 1960s, and he believes that Trapattoni has the ability to 'get into [his players'] heads to ensure they win'.
Speaking to Goal.com Mazzola said that he expected the new-look Ireland team to react positively and to play well against Greece at the Aviva Stadium, tonight, Wednesday, November 14.
He said: "I expect Ireland to react well and play a great game against Greece. In times of difficulty, Trapattoni always reacts with strength to get the best out of his players
"And I can see the same thing happening here. He will give his players the right motivation and he will get into their heads to ensure they win the game."
He added: "Trapattoni is a great coach and he has always reacted well to problems. Of course, he is never tranquil when things go wrong and there will be tension, but he has always been a great coach, meticulous in his preparation for the games.
"He will have studied the Greece game very closely and I expect a great match from him and his Ireland players," concluded the 70-year-old.
The Republic of Ireland take on Greece at the Aviva Stadium tonight, Wednesday 14 November.