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Heat is on Trap

TETCHY Giovanni Trapattoni tried to throw a curtain around Ireland's Euro 2012 preparations in Barcelona as the pressure to deliver three points in Andorra mounts.

Trap left it until the last minutes of the session in Espanyol's training ground to put in some extra work on set-pieces and was annoyed to find press men and photgraphers sitting in the stand watching carefully.

Even the normally laid-back Tardelli is feeling the heat and he gave short and sharp answers to questions about how Ireland intend to approach the Pyrenean minnows.

"Set-pieces will be important, of course," said his assistant Marco Tardelli after the game. "We know the way Andorra play against every team."

Trapattoni's reputation as a coach and his chances of winning a new two-year deal to take him to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 rest on how well his players perform in the next six days.

"You can't describe how big this game is," said Darren O'Dea. "There is so much riding on it and we all know that."