Giovanni Trapattoni calls for Republic of Ireland change in the aftermath of Spain defeat

The Boys in Green's manager believes that he may have to alter his system and his players in order to compete with top teams after watching another mistake-littered match

In the wake of the Republic of Ireland's 4-0 defeat to Spain, Giovanni Trapattoni has suggested that it is time to change his system.

With much of the problems which littered their opening game against Croatia again at the fore, goals from Fernando Torres, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas ensured that the Italian’s side became the first team to be eliminated from Euro 2012.

Stray passing and bad positioning was further highlighted against the holders, and when pressed on whether he would consider changing things up, Trapattoni agreed that it was necessary.

"We met two very strong teams, but that is not an excuse. Sure, [it is time to change]," he told reporters.

The 73-year-old manager argued that his players were psychologically prepared and ready to take the game to La Roja, but it simply did not translate into the match scenario.

"We couldn't do anything," the Italian coach continued. "Clearly, we knew that this opponent was superior [to us] and again this evening you saw a goal after three minutes. I will ask the players tomorrow. There were too many mistakes in two minutes.

"In training, the team was happy, comfortable and ready, but as soon as we started the game we were down by one goal. I don't know."

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