Republic of Ireland are gearing up for Gareth Bale
Martin O’Neill’s side faced Ibrahimovic’s Sweden at Euro 2016, stopping the now Manchester United forward from scoring in a 1-1 draw at the Stade de France.
Now, Republic skipper and Everton defender Coleman wants his team to repeat the trick when they meet Bale and Wales at the Aviva Stadium.
Bale has scored four goals for Chris Coleman’s men in their qualifying campaign so far.
Gareth Bale has been on fire for Wales during World Cup qualifying
Coleman said: “We are a team which has played against big players in the past – I remember when we played Sweden in the summer, all the talk was about Zlatan and it’s quite similar this time.
“We are fully focused on our job and looking forward to the game. We know he’s a world-class player and we are going to have to be careful and get tight to him in certain areas, but we can’t just fully focus on Gareth Bale.
“Wales have a lot of good players and we need to make sure they worry about us as well.”
O’Neill’s side have been hit by injury problems, but right back Coleman is fit to start the game. James McCarthy took a full part in training yesterday (Thursday) and is likely to begin in midfield.
On the challenge of facing Real Madrid forward Bale, O’Neill added: “There are going to be moments in matches when great players cause you problems – that’s why they are great players.
“It’s that type of thing we will try to cut to a minimum if we can.”
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