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The Portuguese manager believes that his side are ensured a tough fixture as they take on Giovanni Trapattoni's Boys in Green at the Aviva Stadium

Greece coach Fernando Santos believes that the Republic of Ireland are a 'strong team' and that they will give his team a competitive game in the friendly fixture in the Aviva Stadium, tonight, November 14.

Having taken over the reins from Otto Rehhagel in July 2010, the Portuguese guided Greece to the quarter finals of Euro 2012, before being knocked out by Germany and he believes that Ireland's performance against Germany, which resulted in a 6-1 loss, was 'abnormal'.

"I believe that the victory for Germany over Ireland was abnormal, not regular," he told reporters at yesterday's press conference.  "I cannot compare these two results because the characteristic of the Irish team is that they fight, they have great passion and are motivated by the supporters. The characteristics of the team are matched very well with [Giovanni Trapattoni]."

He added: "I think that it will be a game between two strong teams. [Their] characteristics are very similar [to] ours; they are a strong team, who never quit.

"That is what we expect between two very good teams. There are some friendlies that are friendly, some are more competitive. This will be more competitive," concluded the 58-year-old.

Fernando Santos' side will face off against Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland at the Aviva Stadium this evening, Wednesday, November 14.

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