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Carlo Ancelotti Explains Why He Fancies Ireland To Sneak A Result Against France

Carlo Ancelotti Explains Why He Fancies Ireland To Sneak A Result Against France

It's not just Ireland fans who are getting carried away with themselves ahead of tomorrow's clash with France.
Ireland are a pretty massive 19/2 (9.5 to one) to beat the French so you'd imagine most neutral observers would probably pick the host nation as their tip to win tomorrow afternoon.
But one of the most decorated managers in football, Carlo Ancelotti, who has plenty experience in France after his 18-month stint in charge of Paris Saint Germain, thinks it would be foolish to write Martin O'Neill's men off.
Writing in his column in The Telegraph, Ancelotti revealed his sneaking suspicion that Ireland could sneak a result.

"I watched the Republic of Ireland game against Italy and I thought Martin O’Neill’s team played very well. It is a European Championship of surprises. I know that they have to play France but I would not write the Irish off just yet. Many of the usual rules go out of the window when you reach this stage. Some players are tired while others are just inspired."

Despite PSG's dominant position in the French league, the only player likely to start for France tomorrow that Ancelotti managed (from December 2011 until May 2013) is Blaise Matuidi while Crystal Palace's Johan Cabaye might also appear from the bench.

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Even so, he has an undoubted insight into the French game, so his faith in Ireland undoubtedly has some worth.

Paul McNulty
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Admirer of all things Stephen Ireland. Comparatively lesser interests in Mayo football, horse racing, athletics and boxing.

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