Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has outlined that he would be happy with a point from Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland, but stressed that his side would be playing for three.
The Boys in Green currently sit top of Group D having accrued 10 points from a possible 12, winning three and drawing one, however the Swiss will likely pose the toughest task of McCarthy’s second spell in charge.
Switzerland are the group’s top seed and currently sit 11th in the FIFA World Rankings, but a win against them on Thursday would be a huge boost for Ireland’s qualification bid.
Speaking on Monday as his side prepare for the Aviva double header over the next ten days, McCarthy admitted that, given the level of opposition, he would take a point from the game but was keen to stress that his side will be setting up in a bid to take all three.
“I probably would (take a point) yeah,” McCarthy admitted.
“Not that we’re going to try and get that bearing in mind the points that we have already and we’ve remained unbeaten up until this time.
“We’re not setting up to get a draw, we want to win the game. If it turns out that we end up with a point I’ll be happy to not be beaten.”
Ireland were given a boost late last week with the news that one of Switzerland’s key attacking threats, Xherdan Shaqiri, would not be making himself available for the qualifier.
Even in the Liverpool man’s absence however, Switzerland still pose quite a significant threat, and McCarthy spoke highly of Thursday night’s opponents citing their 3-3 draw against Denmark in their second group game as an example.
“They were 3-0 up against Denmark. How that game finished 3-3 is beyond me. Did they get a bit milky at the end? Did they get a bit carried away or overconfident? Denmark are a very good side as well. They went 1-0 down to a handball which shouldn’t have been a goal.
“They play a good system, three at the back, two wing backs although Zuber is missing. Mbabu is very very good, their strikers are good although I know they are missing Shaqiri.
“They have a good settled way of playing, they’re very well organised and disciplined and they work very very hard.”