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Monday 23 October 2017

We're ready to do our job in Euro qualifier against Russia, says Manuela for Trap

REPUBLIC of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni says he is feeling confident in the run up to the European Championship qualifier match against Russia next Friday.

The manager last night made his first chat-show appearance since taking up the job in 2008 on the Late Late Show.

The Italian said that he feels confident facing every game "because the team understand our jobs. They understand what we want to achieve".

He added that he hopes only that the players come fit, with no injuries.

He told how when he was offered the job as Ireland manager, he called Liam Brady, the former Ireland international player who he knew.

Despite having other offers on the table, the well known manager -- who celebrates his birthday on March 17, St Patrick's Day -- decided to take the Ireland job.

"I told FAI boss John Delaney that my birthday was on March 17, but I am not a saint. I am only Giovanni," he joked.

The manager did have his long-standing interpreter Manuela Spinelli by his side for the course of the interview, but he often just answered the questions himself.

Asked by Ryan what the manager was like to work for, Manuela said that he was a warm character and it was "a unique experience".

She said that Giovanni is noticed everywhere he goes, so by standing beside him you are noticed. "So you have to get used to it."

The interpreter was shown a photo of herself with the manager in which she is winking and was asked what she was doing. "I try to keep it hidden thank you," she joked.

She explained that Giovanni was saying something wrong and somebody behind him corrected him, so she was winking: "Yeah, you got the right answer."

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