Giovanni Trapattoni has taken another swipe at Roy Keane after the former
Republic of Ireland heads into its final Group C fixture against
Keane, who struck his first blow in his role as a television pundit after the 4-0 drubbing by the reigning champion, was even more withering in his Sunday morning newspaper column, suggesting Trapattoni should make 11 changes for the Italy game because the team which played in midweek is not good enough.
Trapattoni, who had his own say the following day, returned to the theme 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 Republic of 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.
He was asked for his opinion on all things Italian and in particular, about Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and AC Milan's
Asked specifically about Balotelli, Trapattoni said: "He's had problems. In the past, people said the same things about Cassano, that he needs to grow up.
"I have had these problems with players, but not only in
Trapattoni had hoped to approach the final game with qualification still a possibility, but will instead send his players out for what is a dead rubber for them, but very much alive for his native country.
Inevitably, minds have returned to
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
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