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McCarthy sees Switzerland’s match as a way to gain revenge

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Republic of Ireland national team manager, Mick McCarthy, hopes the match against Switzerland will help him get motivated as a coach.

When coach Mick McCarthy was sacked from the Republic of Ireland job back in 2002, the rival, in turn, was Switzerland.

That day the Swiss defeated the Irish at home, and McCarthy was sacked.

Now in his second era at the country, the manager hopes he can gain revenge.

“We’ve played our first games and we’ve done well in those but Switzerland and Denmark are arguably the best two teams [in the group],” said McCarthy to The Guardian.

“We all know the opportunity we’ve got and I guess [Switzerland] do as well.”

“We’re fully aware of what this game means,” he added.

Ireland captain Séamus Coleman commented: “There’s a great buzz about because of the caliber of the team we’re playing but also the points we’ve got on the board already and how we’ve played in some of the games.”

“So it’s very exciting and we’re looking forward to it.”

“Robinson is on a high,” McCarthy said.

“He was excellent against Gibraltar too – one of our best players – and he got a goal at the weekend and has a big smile on his face. He’s a great kid. I think he’s just feeling really good about himself. If he starts, it will benefit us.”