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Azerbaijan manager Giovanni De Biasi at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Azerbaijan manager Giovanni De Biasi at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Azerbaijan manager Giovanni De Biasi at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Azerbaijan have vowed to “make life difficult” for Ireland in Baku on Saturday as Stephen Kenny’s side search for their first competitive win of his reign.

Ranked 117th in the world, Azerbaijan have struggled in the World Cup campaign, where their highlight to date was a 1-1 draw in Dublin.

Coach Gianni De Biasi is under pressure from sections of the media in Baku, with widespread reports that his contract will not be renewed when the campaign ends next month.

He says he has parked any thoughts about his future to focus on Ireland on Saturday.

“I believe that if we put intensity, heart and organisation into our game, we can make life more difficult for Ireland,” De Biasi told the Irish Independent, rueing dropped points in Dublin.

“I think that for what we have seen on the pitch, a draw was the fairest result but that happening a few minutes from the end is not pleasant.

“For me, Ireland is a good team with quality young players, many of them play in the Premier League, so for us they are always an opponent to be faced with great attention,” De Biasi said.

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