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Saturday 16 December 2017

Martin looks for chinks in Spain armour

FORMER Irish international Mick Martin has been handed the unenviable task of having to find any weaknesses to exploit in the all-conquering Spanish national team.

The former Irish captain has been brought in as a scout by Giovanni Trapattoni and will travel to Malaga next Tuesday to see World and European champions Spain take on Venezuela.

The former Newcastle United man says he will be looking at the minor details which could give us an advantage when Ireland take on Vincente del Bosque's men in Poland in June.

"You might just see something, a set-play we haven't seen before," he said. "We know what Spain are all about.

"You might pick up on one particular thing, a lapse at a set play, a free-kick that resulted in them scoring that you might be able to prepare for.

"Whether it was Kazakhstan or Spain, you would always have to have a representative at the game."

Even with Fernando Torres misfiring and David Villa sidelined, Martin believes the Spaniards can cope with their impressive reserves of talent.

"They've got plenty there without going into detail," he added. "Spain will be the favourites and probably win it because they do have a strength in depth and a strong set of players from Barcelona and Real Madrid to draw from."

The 60-year-old does not have fond memories of taking on Spain.

"My last cap was against Spain in Zaragoza and we got beat 2-0 in 1983," he recalled. "I played in the 3-3 draw and scored an OG and I think I got booed."

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