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How netting would work to stop coin throwing and pitch invasions in Premier League

Net gains Premier League could follow Germans to sort out meshy business of missiles and pitch invasions

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13:04 GMT, 10 December 2012

Heralded for possessing some of the finest top-level football stadiums on the planet, the majority constructed or extensively remodelled for the 2006 World Cup, behind-the-goal netting is commonplace in the German Bundesliga.

Sportsmail spoke to Ralf Esser, the owner of Funtec, which supplies the crowd-control measures to grounds such as Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, to find out what may lie in store for English fans.

Look closely: The net at the home of Bayern Munich is just visible if you stare hard enough

Look closely: The net at the home of Bayern Munich is just visible if you stare hard enough

So how does the system work

We became involved at the request of FIFA for the 2006 World Cup to design a system which would prevent objects being thrown, including pyrotechnics, on to the pitch and to stop people running onto the field.

It is a flame-resistant mesh which you can see through very easily.

We produce a steel rope which is built into the roof of the stadium from which the net is suspended and there are no poles to obscure the view.

So what do the fans think about the nets

Sometimes they notice them if they are very, very close to the net. But we often have a very funny reaction from the fans.

They write letters to the clubs complaining that it is not fair that only the home supporters, and not the away fans, have nets in front of them. That’s because they cannot see them on the other side!

You do not focus on the nets. You focus on the action behind it. We don’t want the fans to notice the net.

Net profit: Again, at first glance the net at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is hard to spot

Net profit: Again, at first glance the net at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is hard to spot

What about the safety implications about having nets

It is possible to break the net down very quickly. It can be winched away if you only wish to use it for high-risk games.

In fact there was a match a few weeks ago at Hoffenheim where they forgot to take it down, nobody realised it was still up!

We have had lot of discussion with the emergency services. Every stadium is different and everyone has a different emergency concept.

There are provisions in place for spectators to run through the net or to go underneath it.

There are exits which are protected with Velcro which can be opened by the stewards.

There are systems in the steel rope which, if the tension is getting too high, the net will break in individual sections.

The steel rope also has a mechanism at the end that if there is more than two tons of pressure it will break in slow and smooth fashion so it cannot fall into the spectators.

There are lot of emergency break points which are guaranteed to break under a certain pressures and conditions.

Flashpoint: Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as Manchester United won the derby at the Etihad Stadium

Flashpoint: Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as Manchester United won the derby at the Etihad Stadium

What would it prevent being thrown on to the pitch, coins, and lighters

It depends on the size of the mesh and the speed a coin is thrown. A lighter will be stopped by the mesh.

If a coin is heavy enough it can go through the mesh but it will still slow it down. If you manage to throw a coin the right way it can get through.

If you make the mesh too fine you can see the net so we have to find a compromise.

The stadium owners don’t want the mesh to be too fine. But with a net that you cannot see, the fans soon find out it is not worth throwing two or three coins until you hit somebody.

Pitch invader: A Manchester City fan was able to get too close to the players during Sunday's derby

Pitch invader: A Manchester City fan was able to get too close to the players during Sunday's derby

Have you had any contact from a Premier League club and how long would it take to install

We have had no discussions as yet but it would take just one week to install. If you don’t have any protection systems it is also cheap.

You do not have to dig foundations or install poles. All our solutions are based on the steel cable which stretches from one side of the stadium to the other.

The system is working very well in Germany. The league supports it but they have not made a rule that you have to install it.

All of the big clubs have it but they do not want to draw attention to it. If they did people would realise it is installed.

Goal-line technology finally makes its debut on Thursday

It's too late for Lampard, Mendes and the Germans… but goal-line technology finally makes its debut on Thursday

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09:55 GMT, 5 December 2012

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke
hailed 'a kind of revolution' as the football world prepared for Thursday's introduction of goal-line technology.

The governing body was staunchly
against the use of any form of technology for many years but the winds
changed in the wake of the 2010 World Cup, where England were denied a
clear goal against Germany when Frank Lampard's shot crossed the line.

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Since then the journey has been a relatively rapid one and FIFA will try out two systems – UK-based Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, from Germany – at the Club World Cup in Japan, starting with the match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City.

'It's a big day,' Valcke said on fifa.com. 'Tomorrow will be the first time that goal-line technology will be officially used in a game. The tests are done; and the instillation tests were successful.

'This is also an important day for us, because we will use one of the two systems we are using here in the FIFA Confederations Cup next year.'

He added: 'This is a kind of revolution. It is the first time that this kind of technology is coming into football.

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

'It will be restricted to the goal-line specifically. The IFAB (International Football Association Board) is there to ensure the 17 laws of the game are protected.

'It was their decision, and they were clear, to say that the technology is limited to the goal-line.

'We must ensure that when the ball goes into the goal, the referee must get the information that the ball has gone in. The referee has the final decision.

'The technology won't change the speed, value or spirit of the game.

'There is no reason to be against this technology.'

Infamous: Geoff Hurst's shot crosses the line in 1966 World Cup final... or did it

Infamous: Geoff Hurst's shot crosses the line in 1966 World Cup final… or did it

The Hawk-Eye system is the same as that used in cricket and tennis, which relies on a series of seven cameras to create a 3D picture of each goal, while GoalRef uses electro-magnetic sensors.

Valcke also said he had full confidence there would be no errors from the technology.

'It needs to be the most accurate system we can have at the moment,' he said. 'There can be no mistakes with this and that is why the IFAB took two years to make sure the system was perfect.'

Maicon backs Manchester City to be a force in the Champions League in time

After two successive European failures, Maicon backs City to become a Champions League force

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09:43 GMT, 3 December 2012

Manchester City full-back Maicon is certain the club is destined for Champions League success.

City have again failed to impress in Europe’s elite competition this season and are condemned to a group stage exit for a second successive year.

But Maicon, who won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010, believes it is only a matter of time before the Barclays Premier League winners crack it in Europe.

A European force: Maicon believes Manchester City can succeed in the Champions League in future years

A European force: Maicon believes Manchester City can succeed in the Champions League in future years

The Brazil international said: 'There is nothing missing at City.

'It is a great club and is working to get better in the Champions League. You can see us progressing on a monthly basis.

'The club is growing all the time, and sooner or later City will win the Champions League because everyone is working for that.

'The big difference is that here you have to play in the Premier League as well as trying to do well in the Champions League. It is a very different competition.

'They are great players here, but they need more experience of the Champions League.

Getting close: Maicon says City are not far from being a very good team

Getting close: Maicon says City are not far from being a very good team

'You have to tune in to playing in Europe, as it is very different to playing in your home league.'

City face Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion in the final Group D match of their doomed campaign this week.

Although qualification is no longer at stake for either side – the Germans are already confirmed as group winners – City can still secure the consolation of a place in the Europa League.

Crashing out: City failed to get past the group stages for the second year in a row

Crashing out: City failed to get past the group stages for the second year in a row

To do that they will need to win and hope that Ajax fail to secure maximum points from their trip to Real Madrid.

Maicon said: 'We are playing for pride on Tuesday, but also for practical reasons, because we want to carry on playing in Europe, even if it is not in the top competition.

'The Europa League is important to us, so we need to try to stay in Europe until the end of the season if we can.'

Maicon is now starting to find a role at City after being hampered by a foot injury following his August arrival from Inter.

The 31-year-old has started four of the last five games and feels City’s attacking philosophy fits his game well.

He said: 'I am enjoying life in Manchester – everything’s fine. I am a family man so the first thing that is important to me I that my family is okay.

'When they are settled, as they are now, my mind is only on training.

'I am training very well, to contribute to the team.

'The team is full of quality players, and the way City play they give the full-backs the ball and get them to attack. This suits my game.

'I am only sorry that I couldn’t contribute at the start of the season because of my injury.

'Little by little I am getting back to my best, and trying to add something to the team.'

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke stokes fire ahead of Manchester City meeting

Dortmund chief slams number of foreign owners in Premier League ahead of City clash

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23:26 GMT, 2 December 2012

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has criticised the number of foreign owners in the Premier League ahead of the German champions' clash with Manchester City.

Bundesliga clubs have to adhere to the '50 per cent plus one' rule, which means they are owned by their members, whereas several top-flight English clubs have been bought by individuals, or companies, from overseas.

One prominent example is City, whose takeover by the Abu Dhabi Investment Group funded by Sheikh Mansour led to an enormous investment in the playing staff which culminated in the north-west club winning their first English title in 44 years last season.

Criticised: Hans-Joachim Watzke slammed the number of foreign owners in the Premier League

Criticised: Hans-Joachim Watzke slammed the number of foreign owners in the Premier League

Dortmund take on City in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Of their opponents, Watzke told the Guardian: 'I am a little bit romantic, and that is not romantic.

'In England people seem not to be interested in this – at Liverpool they are fine for the club to belong to an American. But the German is romantic: when there is a club, he wants to have the feeling it is my club, not the club of Qatar or Abu Dhabi.'

He added: 'Germans want to have that sense of belonging. When you give [the supporters] the feeling that they are your customers, you have lost. In Germany, we want everybody to feel it is their club, and that is really important.

'In former times in England I think the relationship between the club and supporters was very strong. Our people come to the stadium like they are going to their family. Here, the supporters say: it's ours, it's my club.'

Proud: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Proud: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Modest: Watzke praised the way Borussia Dortmund is managed

Modest: Watzke praised the way Borussia Dortmund is managed

Dortmund have had their financial ups-and-downs, almost going bankrupt in 2005, but now arguably boast one of the most successful models in Europe – producing exciting young players like Mario Gotze and Nuri Sahin and having the opportunity to sell them on for great profit.

Added to cheap ticket prices which produce regular 80,000 crowds at their imposing stadium, they are the envy of many clubs across the continent.

'Here, it is our way to have cheap tickets, so young people can come,' Watzke said.

'We would make 5 million euros more a season if we had seats, but there was no question to do it, because it is our culture. In England it is a lot more expensive. Football is more than a business.'

Talent: Dortmund have produced prospects such as Mario Gotze from their academy

Talent: Dortmund have produced prospects such as Mario Gotze from their academy

Theo Walcott: I fully deserve to play in Arsenal"s first team

Play me, Arsene! Walcott insists he 'fully deserves' place in Arsenal's first team

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09:02 GMT, 7 November 2012

Theo Walcott has urged Arsene Wenger to give him what he 'fully deserves' – a long run in Arsenal's first team.

The England forward continued his fine form following his return from injury, scoring in the 2-2 Champions League draw against Schalke on Tuesday night to add to his hat-trick in the remarkable 7-5 win over Reading last week.

Walcott has still suffered from a lack of first-team opportunities this season, which has been put down to his ongoing contract dispute with the club.

Hot streak: Theo Walcott celebrates scoring again against Schalke on Tuesday

Hot streak: Theo Walcott celebrates scoring again against Schalke on Tuesday

But Walcott insists all he wants is to get on the pitch and help win matches for Arsenal.

'I just want to play, that’s the main thing,' Walcott told Sky Sports.

'Hopefully I can just have a run in the team because I think I fully deserve it.

'I just want to play for this team and hopefully this team can win the Premier League this year.'

Asked whether Wenger had been overlooking him due to the contract dispute, Walcott said: 'You have to ask the manager that question to be honest, I can’t answer that.'

Walcott struck in the 18th minute against Schalke before Olivier Giroud put the Gunners two goals up just eight minutes later. But the Bundesliga outfit stormed back to snatch a draw after goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan.

Cool finish: Walcott skips over Schalke keeper Lars Unnerstall (second right)...

Cool finish: Walcott skips over Schalke keeper Lars Unnerstall (second right)…

... before tapping in to the German side's unguarded net to complete the job

… before tapping in to the German side's unguarded net to complete the job

... before tapping in to the German side's unguarded net to complete the job

It could have been all three points for Arsenal, however, had Walcott converted an injury-time chance, but he could not get the ball under control.

Yet Walcott insisted that he was still happy to have helped Arsenal earn a point against the Germans, who had beaten Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium two weeks ago.

'I did all I could to be honest,' Walcott said of his late chance. 'The ball got stuck between my feet and I couldn’t get it out. It’s just one of those things, it’s a good point in the end.

'It would’ve been a fantastic victory, Schalke dominated the second half to be honest, but defensively we were quite strong. At the start of the game we would have been happy with a point.

'We’ll just try and win our last two games, that’s all you can do. As long as we do that we’ll get into the next [round] and that’s the main [thing].'

Arsene Wenger says referee cost Arsenal win in Schalke

Referee cost us, claims Wenger after Arsenal draw in Schalke

Gunners throw away two-goal lead in Germany

Arsenal were denied clear goal-scoring opportunity, says Wenger

Contract rebel Walcott scores on rare start

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01:31 GMT, 7 November 2012

Arsene Wenger criticised referee Nicola Rizzoli after his side lost a two-goal lead to Schalke.

The Arsenal manager felt Ibrahim Afellay had fouled Theo Walcott in the build-up to the Germans' first goal and were denied a clear chance when the Italian official blew instead of playing on, with Marco Hoger falling as Lukas Podolski was clear on goal.

On target: Walcott opened the scoring in Germany

On target: Walcott opened the scoring in Germany

'There was a foul on Walcott and he gave a foul against Walcott. It is a foul from Afellay on Walcott, 100 per cent. There was another decision that was amazing, the first time I've seen anything like that, to stop the game when a player has rolled over on his ankle. I never seen that when you have a goal chance.'

But, despite losing a two-goal lead, Wenger was happy.

Yellow peril: Podolski was booked for showing descent after the referee halted an Arsenal attack

Yellow peril: Podolski was booked for showing descent after the referee halted an Arsenal attack

'It was important not to lose and, if possible, to win. We managed the first part, not the second one. Overall, we played reasonably well, we dropped physically in the second half. The regret we have is we conceded the goal before half-time and we missed the chance (from Walcott) at the end.'

Wenger handed Walcott a rare start, and he praised the contract rebel, saying: 'Theo did very well. A positive attitude, and he was fresh as well. He was the one you could feel that could always make a difference and score goals. It's not a coincidence he had the chance to score in the last minute.'

Content: Wenger was pleased with his side's response following their defeat at Manchester United on Saturday

Content: Wenger was pleased with his side's response following their defeat at Manchester United on Saturday

Walcott added: 'It was a good point in the end. It would have been a fantastic victory, but Schalke are a tough side. We are just trying to win our last couple of games and that is all you can do. I just want to play – hopefully now I can get a run in the team because I feel I fully deserve it.'

When asked if his contract is why he has been on the bench, he said: 'You have to ask the manager that question, I can't answer it.'

Schalke v Arsenal: In-focus, by Andrew Magee

Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar

Dutch ace drilled home Schalke’s first goal clinically but really should have put Arsenal away when he missed chances in second half.

Jermaine Jones

Schalke’s central midfielder was lucky not to be penalised when he caught Olivier Giroud on the thigh with his studs as the two clashed in mid air.

Lewis Holtby

Showed some sublime technique to set up Huntelaar for the first goal, but clipped Jack Wilshere with a clumsy challenge in the second half.

Lukas Podolski

Was furious with referee Rizzoli after he stopped play for an injury with Arsenal in a promising
attacking position. The Germany forward was booked for his troubles.

Arsenal v Schalke: Gunners can compete, says Arsene Wenger

We can compete, insists Wenger as Arsenal chief faces probing 24 hours

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22:20 GMT, 23 October 2012

Arsenal's Champions League clash against Schalke on Wednesday night will begin what is likely to be a tough 24 hours for Arsene Wenger.

Wenger, who was 63 on Monday, believes victory over the Germans will '90 per cent' guarantee his side's passage into the knockout stages for a 13th successive season.

But the Frenchman will face an altogether different encounter on Thursday morning when the club hold their annual general meeting at the Emirates Stadium.

In charge: Wenger puts his side through their paces ahead of Wednesday's tie

In charge: Wenger puts his side through their paces ahead of Wednesday's tie

The club's trophy drought is now beyond the seven-year mark and given they sit 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, the chance of Barclays Premier League glory looks to be fading rapidly.

Arsenal's lack of silverware and the increasing cost of ticket prices will be just two bones of contention that are likely to be raised by shareholders.

But speaking from Arsenal's London Colney training base, Wenger claimed Arsenal supporters have various reasons to turn their frowns upside down.

Confident: Wenger insists Arsenal can still compete at the highest level

Confident: Wenger insists Arsenal can still compete at the highest level

'What will the mood be like at the AGM I don't know,' said Wenger.

'Yes, of course, I would love everybody to be happy. But I think overall the club is in a very strong position.

'The fans have a good team, they have fantastic players, they have a strong financial situation. People feel as well that the players have a good attitude. It's down to us now to make the maximum of this during the season. But there is no reason really to be doom and gloom. I understand every frustration.'

Saturday's shock defeat at Norwich would not have done much to appease those frustrated supporters who are intent on making their feelings known at the AGM.

But Wenger insists his side can still mix it with England's and Europe's elite, saying: 'I can understand when people say we can't compete, I share that concern.

'I believe we can. But of course, that defeat on Saturday was difficult to swallow. Because you go to West Ham and you win in a convincing way, then you go to Norwich and lose 1-0 without creating one goal chance.

'It's now four times that we have gone 1-0 down this season. Against Montpellier, against Chelsea, against Norwich and against West Ham.

'You can win once or twice – but one time you will lose because the team who is there to defend thinks: “Oh, now we are in a strong position, now we can really continue to focus on defending”.

'But we have just to focus to get closer now. For us, it's not the number of points only, it is that the margin of error we have now in front of us is very limited.

'And with a result like that we have put a huge pressure on our shoulders.'

Robbie Keane declared fit for Republic of Ireland v Faroe Islands

Trapattoni handed boost as captain Keane declared fit to travel to Faroe Islands

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14:08 GMT, 14 October 2012

Embattled Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni was handed a timely boost on Sunday when skipper Robbie Keane was declared fit to travel to the Faroe Islands for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

The 32-year-old LA Galaxy striker missed Friday night's 6-1 drubbing by Germany with an Achilles injury, but after training on Sunday morning, was included in the party which left Dublin for Torshavn.

However, fellow frontman Andy Keogh, who scored Ireland's consolation goal against the Germans, was not on the plane after suffering concussion following a collision in training on Saturday.

Come on! Robbie Keane is preparing to face the Faroe Islands for the Republic of Ireland

Come on! Robbie Keane is preparing to face the Faroe Islands for the Republic of Ireland

A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: 'Following training this morning in Gannon Park, Robbie Keane has been ruled fit to travel with the squad for Tuesday's match against the Faroe Islands.

'Andy Keogh suffered a knock to the head in training on Saturday. He was observed overnight by the FAI medical team and has been ruled unfit to travel to the Faroe Islands this afternoon due to mild concussion.'

Chelsea pain will spur us on, says Bayern defender Holger Badstuber

Chelsea pain will spur us on, says Bayern defender Badstuber

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UPDATED:

13:31 GMT, 18 September 2012

Bayern Munich will begin their Champions
League campaign against Valencia on Wednesday full of confidence after their best start to a season in 12 years – when they went on to win the
European title against the Spanish team.

Bayern's dramatic loss on penalties
to Chelsea in the Champions League final May prompted the German giants to embark on a spending spree.

Back with a bang: Bayern Munich have made an impressive start to season

Back with a bang: Bayern Munich have made an impressive start to season

Bayern has won their first five
competitive matches of the season with a club record 12 goals from its
opening three Bundesliga games.

'It was a game that you never forget, it stays with you a lifetime,' Bayern defender Holger Badstuber said of the match against Chelsea. 'It was a heavy blow but we've coped with it. Every player took his own conclusions from it. It should spur us on and not hamper us. It's a new season now. We have new targets to aim for.'

Bayern last won the Champions League in 2001, when Mauricio Pellegrino – now Valencia coach – missed the decisive spot kick in the final to give the Germans their fourth title.

'It was a huge disappointment from a sporting point of view, absolutely,' the 40-year-old Pellegrino told Kicker magazine..

'But it's also a good memory, because I was there for one of Valencia's biggest nights.'

French side Lille hosts Belarusian champions BATE Borisov in Group F's other match. Bayern defeated Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup to end their two-year trophy drought in August, and then enjoyed a 4-0 win over Jahn Regensburg in the German Cup before getting their league campaign off to a perfect start.

'It can go on like that. It should go on like that,' Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said.

High hopes: Bayern's head coach Jupp Heynckes

High hopes: Bayern's head coach Jupp Heynckes

Bayern's last – and only – loss at home to a Spanish team in the competition came 10 years ago, when Deportivo La Coruna recorded a 3-2 win. The Bavarian team has 13 wins to show from 19 home games with Spanish sides.

Valencia has only won once in 11 games in Germany, five years ago against Schalke.

But no Bayern player is underestimating Valencia.

'They're a very good team, not Madrid or Barcelona, but not very far off,' said Arjen Robben, who is doubtful for the game with a back injury.

Franck Ribery, who also missed Bayern's 3-1 Bundesliga win over Mainz on Saturday, is more likely to play after overcoming muscular problems.

However, Mario Gomez, who last season scored 13 Champions League goals, is still out after undergoing surgery on his left angle. Defenders David Alaba, Rafinha and Diego Contento are also ruled out.

Offseason signing Mario Mandzukic is proving himself an able deputy for Gomez, contributing six goals in the five games while the Germany striker is absent. Peru striker Claudio Pizarro can also step up.

Hot shots: Bayern Munich have scored 12 goals in three games

Hot shots: Bayern Munich have scored 12 goals in three games

Bastian Schweinsteiger played his second successive league game on Saturday and seems to have put his injury worries behind him, while record-signing Javi Martinez came on with 15 minutes remaining against Mainz to set up Bayern's third goal.

Pellegrino also has injury worries with defender David Albelda, midfielder Fernando Gago and winger Pablo Piatti all out.

After drawing at Real Madrid in their opening game, Valencia earned a much-needed first victory in the Spanish league on Saturday when they beat promoted Celta Vigo 2-1.

'The team arrives in good form to Wednesday's game in Munich,' Pellegrino said. 'We have to take the smallest chances up front and stay fully concentrated at the back. Above all, we have to pace ourselves for the whole game.'

Lille and BATE Borisov are meeting for the first time and the French side hopes to it can improve their defence after a lacklustre start to the league.

Little drew 1-1 at newly promoted Troyes on Saturday after conceding a sloppy equalizer with two minutes remaining in a match they had dominated.

'We've conceded at least one goal per game since the league started,' Lille coach Rudi Garcia said. 'But in terms of commitment and team spirit I have nothing to reproach the players for. We just need to try and push forward more, we need to be more consistent.'

Lille's record at home in the Champions League in impressive, with just one defeat in 12 games.

Giovanni Trapattoni set to test fans" patience by holding back Robbie Brady and James McClean

Trapattoni set to test fans' patience by holding back Brady and McClean

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13:33 GMT, 12 September 2012

Giovanni Trapattoni will resist the
temptation to throw Robbie Brady in to the Republic of Ireland team for
next month's qualifier against Germany.

Brady wowed the crowd at
Craven Cottage when he scored one goal and set up two more as
Trapattoni's team coasted to a 4-1 win over Oman.

High times: Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady (centre) celebrates his goal against Oman

High times: Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady (centre) celebrates his goal against Oman

The 20-year-old, who is yet to play for Manchester United, put in two top-class crosses to allow Shane Long and Kevin Doyle to score and he also showed instinct by lashing home a volley from a cleared corner on the edge of the box.

Trapattoni, renowned for his conservative approach to team selection, was impressed with the winger's contribution, but insisted Brady is not yet ready to start such a big game as the October 12 World Cup qualifier in Dublin.

James McClean also impressed during a 30-minute cameo, but rather than include the duo against Germany, the Italian looks set to recall the likes of Simon Cox and Aiden McGeady, who both struggled in last week's drab performance in Kazakhstan.

Trapattoni said: 'I have been asked whether players who play in friendlies will play in the qualifiers immediately after before and in the case of the game against Germany, the answer is no. Absolutely no.

'We need to play with the players who know the system and who know what they can do because the Germans are strong.

Impressive: Brady scored one goal and set up two more

Impressive: Brady scored one goal and set up two more

'They (the likes of Brady) can be in the squad but not in the team because we have the team that played in Kazakhstan. We have to have a team that is fit and strong mentally.

'At the moment maybe it's better to have Cox than others.

'I choose the players on the basis of the job ahead. Obviously there are players in the squad who are coming back like Richard Dunne and maybe Damien Duff.'

Brady impressed on loan at Hull last season and took part in United's pre-season tour of South Africa.

The forward, who can play on either wing or just behind a main striker, became the Under-21`s record goal scorer last week, but Trapattoni thinks the 20-year-old still has a lot to work on in his game.

'Brady played well, he has good creative qualities,' the Republic boss said.

'But I spoke with him after the game and told him he needs to understand that although he is a good dribbler and he shows good personality, he must also sometimes play it simple.

'There were two or three times last night where he missed the opportunity to pass the ball.'

Back in favour: James McClean also impressed during a 30-minute cameo

Back in favour: James McClean also impressed during a 30-minute cameo

After watching his team crash out of
Euro 2012 with three defeats, Trapattoni's position came under further
scrutiny on Friday when his team snatched three points in Astana thanks
to last-gasp goals from Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle.

The win appears to have given the
73-year-old fresh enthusiasm for the job, however, and he insists he has
learned a lot of vital information about his squad over the last 10
days.

'People like James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Marc Wilson and Alex Pearce have confirmed that they are good technical players,' Trapattoni added.

'We now know better the attitude of the players we have brought in and we played better yesterday than we did in Kazakhstan.'

Last week's preparation for the Kazakhstan game was overshadowed in part by Trapattoni's announcement that he hoped to bring Duff out of international retirement.

Trapattoni invited Duff to the game, but did not speak to the 33-year-old about coming back for the World Cup qualifying campaign.

'I didn't see him,' the Italian said.

'He did not come in to the dressing room because he has respect for his friends. He is an intelligent man and knew that the media would focus on this rather than them.'

When asked whether he was hopeful Duff would return for the qualifying double-header against Germany and the Faroe Islands, Trapattoni said: 'I don't know. I don't know what I am doing on October 12. Maybe I eat fish or drink milk. I can't discuss this now.

'I will speak about this when it is the time.'