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Our preparations have been good: O’Neill

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The Northern Ireland manager believes his team is ready to take on Estonia and try to win the three points.

Northern Ireland is set to take on Estonia tomorrow in Tallinn, as part of the EURO 2020 Qualifiers.

And for manager Michael O’Neill, his team is more than ready for the challenges ahead.

“Our preparations have been as good as they could have been,” said O’Neill to the BBC.

“The players are in good shape, both mentally and physically, and I’m confident we can produce the performance we need to win the game.”

“We had players who finished their seasons at different times, so we were drip-feeding players into the squad, making it vital that we maintained their fitness,” he added.

“We were asking a lot of the players, but we have noticed a really strong intensity and tempo to the training. We have a lot of athletic players in the squad and that shows.”

“In our last two campaigns we have had positive results in June and this game has the same significance as it can set us up for a good second half to the group,” he said.

“The temperatures in Austria were high and we trained at times of the day to help the players acclimatize to the heat.”

“We won’t be using the weather as an excuse and will be looking for a similar type of performance as we produced in Belfast,” O’Neill continued.

“We need to be aware of the threat Estonia will pose.”