Mick McCarthy is expecting as they arrive in Dublin intent upon leaving with three European Qualifier points the Republic of Ireland create life distinctly unpleasant for Switzerland.
Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer has branded Ireland’s style of drama”very unpleasant” from the run-up to the match and although it’s a tag McCarthy doesn’t necessarily agree with, he is going to be pleased if Sommer’s worst fears are realised on Thursday evening, live on Sky Sports Main Event.
McCarthy stated:”I thought we played very pleasantly over the last four matches, to tell the truth.
“My response to this; I hope he has sat at the dressing room afterwards and he’s thinking it is more disagreeable and he does not want to see us in October.
“We won’t be changing the way we play. We’ll be playing our standard brand, although some people today find it unpleasant”
Even the Republic have built themselves a reputation as a spirited and combative team over the years, without acknowledging their physical and mental strengths, and competitions arrive at Dublin.
McCarthy, who took Ireland in the Far East into the 2002 World Cup finals, has cautioned Switzerland to not underestimate their capacity.
He said:”I seem to think we’ve done when we’ve qualified for competitions. That is part of the sport, part of the Premier League.
“The most aggressive teams in Premier League are Manchester City and Liverpool with regards to high media. You try and get through that and they will take you down. That is aggressive.
“The truth is they’ve got #500m worth of full-backs inside their groups helps. They’re definitely the teams in the league, with no doubt.
“I’ve watched Switzerland, incidentally, and there’s no shortage of aggression out of these, how they operate, how they press.
“At the conclusion of this, I am not really worried. If we win 1-0 and it not pleasant, I will be OK by it. You know that.”