Giovanni Trapattoni can baffle and beguile in equal measure but when you eliminate the charm and strip his infamous Trappish right down to the bone, you’re invariably left with the impression that he views us lads and lassies of the media as plain, simple folk whose understanding of higher matters like the game of football leaves just about everything to be desired.That seems the most likely explanation for the frequency with which, in response to any sustained questioning of his judgment, he’ll sooner or later just happen to mention his 50 years’ experience in the game, with specific reference to the “big, important” clubs he has managed, the major honours he has won in a variety of countries and the luminous names — those of Platini and Boniek tend to crop up a lot — who have benefited from his wisdom.
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