‘A pitch is a pitch,” – Giovagnoli has no concerns over playing in Tallaght

‘A pitch is a pitch,” – Giovagnoli has no concerns over playing in Tallaght

Filippo Giovagnoli said he had no concerns over playing Molde FK in Dundalk’s Europa League opener at Tallaght Stadium rather than the Aviva.

It was announced last week that the club’s first match in Group B on October 22nd would now take place in Tallaght rather than the Aviva due to the IRFU needing it for kicking practice.

Asked was this a concern to him, Giovagnoli said: “Not really. I know our players love to play there so that makes me happy.

“For me, a pitch is a pitch. I just worry about the principles of football. The rest doesn’t really matter to me. There are principles that we have to apply but I know the players are happy about it so I’m happy.”

The club’s remaining two home matches against Rapid Wien on November 26th and Arsenal on December 10th are both fixed for the Aviva Stadium as things stand although Dundalk haven’t ruled out the possibility of these being moved either with Windsor Park one possible location being explored.