The Italian was under pressure after a disappointing showing during Euro 2012, while a failure to finish second behind Germany will see an increasing number of supporters wanting to see the back of the current manager.
He said: “I have said to the players, we must play for our shirt, for our country and that what you have done until now was not a dream.
“In the first half against Sweden I saw a very good team, and our attitude, our balance, our mentality is this.
“In the second half, we lost our enthusiasm. But yesterday I saw again a team with enthusiasm with our capacity, our strength, and I think tomorrow we can do well, as in the past”.
Nothing less than victory will suffice in Vienna against a team who are also in the running to finish behind the Germans and enter a play-off for their chance to compete in next summer’s finals.
The bookies are prepared to offer big odds about an Irish success on Tuesday night, with BetVictor going 7/2 that the visitors haul themselves back into the running with a win against the Austrians, who also sit on eleven points after seven games played.
Austria were comprehensively beaten 3-0 in Germany on Friday night, although they did draw 2-2 in Dublin and still have to travel to Sweden for a chance to overhaul the Scandinavians and stay in the running for a World Cup place.
No bookmaker is prepared to offer even money or bigger about a win for the home side in Vienna, with bet365 going 10/11 that they extinguish Irish hopes of making it to Brazil although whether that will see the end of Trap remains to be seen.
Robbie Keane spoke of his dismay after losing to Sweden on Friday night and the LA Galaxy striker knows this is his last chance of leading out the men in green at a major international tournament, with the forward an 8/1 chance to break the deadlock in this match.