Trapattoni blasts Keane: 'Why would an intelligent man suggest dropping all 11 Ireland players'
18:25 GMT, 17 June 2012
Giovanni Trapattoni has taken another swipe at Roy Keane after the former Republic of Ireland skipper delivered a second damning assessment of his team.
Ireland head into Monday night's final Group C fixture against Italy with their hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 quarter-finals long gone after comprehensive defeats by Croatia and Spain.
Keane, who struck his first blow in his role as a television pundit after Thursday night's 4-0 drubbing by the reigning champions, was even more withering in his Sunday morning newspaper column, suggesting Trapattoni should make 11 changes for tomorrow's game because the team which played in midweek is not good enough.
Stay out of it: Trapattoni has blasted Keane for his outburst
Trapattoni, who had his own say the following day, returned to the theme this evening when asked about the former Manchester United captain's latest verbal assault.
The 73-year-old said: 'He has been a great player and had great success. I don't know if he achieved the same results as coach or manager.
'I can ask him why I think for intelligent man, I can't understand it.'
Trapattoni them made a remark in Italian which was not translated, but proved to be less than complimentary.
The Ireland boss was clapped into his press conference in Poznan by Italian journalists who revere him, although perhaps not for his own spell in charge of their national side.
And inevitably, minds have returned to Euro 2004 when Denmark and Sweden draw 2-2 to dump the Italians out of the competition amid cries of foul play, and the conspiracy theorists are already in full flow.
Final flourish: The Irish are out after losing their two opening group games
Trapattoni said: 'When things like this go on, we are all ready to think that we Italians are masters at making these agreements.
'We are famous – in fact, infamous – for it. Everything is the same in other countries. These things have happened all over the place. Great scars were left by this.
'We need to play our own game and ask for commitment from players for the people who pay our wages and our supporters.
'We have worked well. We will not change our approach because we lost two games. It would undermine our honour.'
Trapattoni has named the same team which started against Croatia, meaning Kevin Doyle will replace Simon Cox, while Damien Duff will take over the captaincy on the occasion of his 100th cap.
Outburst: Keane claimed Ireland should drop all 11 players who faced Spain
The Ireland players will wear black armbands during the game to mark the 18th anniversary of the shootings of six men in Loughinisland, County Down, as the victims watched the national team play Italy at the 1994 World Cup finals in the United States.
Usual skipper Robbie Keane said: 'It's only right that we do wear the armbands in respect of everyone's families to let them know as a team and as a nation, that we are thinking of their families.'