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Georgia completed the task of the Euro Cup even before the start

Date: July 17, 2024 Time: 16:25:41

The Georgian national team has already completed the task for Euro 2024. She entered the tournament. This is a great success for Georgians; Her team will play in a major tournament for the first time in history. It doesn’t matter that this happens when the Eurocup has expanded to 24 teams. It doesn’t matter that Georgia did not go through qualification, but through the Nations League playoffs. The most important thing is Georgia for the euro! Covers everything.

Watching the Georgians’ games in the playoffs against Luxembourg and especially against Greece was very difficult. The final turned out to be absolutely flawless: in 120 minutes of play there were approximately one and a half chances for both teams. But then, a dramatic penalty shootout, a Georgia victory, crowds of people first on the stadium field and then on the streets across the country.

What can Georgia show at the Euro besides desire, passion and Khvichi? Oddly enough, discipline. This goes against the stereotype that Georgian players are all technicians who only play with the ball and have no idea about defense. But things are like this: discipline and hard work are the main principles of the game of the modern Georgian national team.

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All this was brought and instilled by coach Willy Sagnol. Before Georgia, he worked independently only in the French youth team (eight matches) and in Bordeaux. Sagnol had a good first season at the club (sixth place in the championship), reaching the semi-finals of the already settled League Cup. But then: fourth place in the Europa League group, drop in the Ligue 1 standings and dismissal after a year and a half of work.

After Bordeaux, Sagnol worked a little in Carlo Ancelotti’s coaching staff at Bayern (and was even the team’s interim head coach), then disappeared for four years and, in 2021, suddenly took charge of Georgia! Since then, the Georgians have qualified for the B division of the Nations League (their best result in this tournament) and for the European Championship. These are Willie’s greatest achievements since the end of his playing career. It’s still not a victory in the Champions League final or the World Cup final, but also something.

Willy Sagnol

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Sagnol almost immediately switched the Georgians to play with three central defenders. The main three are Guram Kashia from Slovan and our old friend Solomon Kverkvelia, who played last season for Al-Okhdud in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo. The third defender can change: it is Lasha Dvali from APOEL, Luka Lochoshvili from Cremonese or another former RPL player, Dzhemal Tabidze, who now plays for Greek club Panetolikos.

About an old friend of Kverkvelia. The age of the central defenders is one of the main problems of the Georgian team. Kverkvelia and Kashia are almost 70 years old between them. Plus they are both very big. Speed ​​is not his strongest quality, to put it mildly.

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It is clear that in the three centre-backs it is easier to ensure each other. But in any case, the Georgian center of defense will find it very difficult to fight against a fast attack. These problems were observed in the selection for the Euro: with Spain, Norway and, in some places, even with Cyprus. In the continental championship the level of endurance and speed will be even higher. So let’s see how (and if) the Georgian defense can cope with Rafael Leao, Bernardo Silva, Arda Guler and Adam Glozek.

In general, Georgian football looks like this: three central defenders, active flanks, a three-man fist in the center of the field and a talented attacking pair. The basic principle is this: through organization and discipline, defend, throw the ball forward, and then Khvicha, Georges Mikautadze and other attacking players will figure it out for themselves.

Primitive? In part, of course. But Georgia is an underdog team. I would hardly have been able to reach the European Championship if I had played differently. Of course, fireworks could have been created in the attack, and there are people for that. The Georgians would probably have scored more, but how many would they have conceded?

Jvicha Kvaratskelia

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For Sagnol balance is very important. And to achieve this, he even slightly reduces Khvicha’s strong qualities. For Kvaratskhelia, the most suitable role is left winger. But in the Georgia team there is simply no such thing. Khvicha operates closer to the center, in an attacking pair with Mikautadze or Budu Zivzivadze.

This is somewhat reminiscent of the case of Vinicius at Real Madrid. When Jude Bellingham arrived, Ancelotti changed his formation and moved the Brazilian closer to the center. And the first six months were difficult for him; The adaptation was not without problems.

It may also be difficult for Khvicha in the selection. When it is in the center, it has less space. And he reigns precisely when there is freedom, when he can escape. However, the team’s interests come first. The leader complies with the coach’s instructions, periodically goes down to his field to look for the ball and resolves episodes when necessary.

Khvicha, of course, is the main star of the Georgian national team. And the defenders of opposing teams, first of all, will stay with him. But Georgia has other bright personalities on offense. First of all, Georges Mikautadze. In Georgia they call him George. But in reality Mikautadze was born and studied football in France. So he is Georges exactly as much as he is George.

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Mikautadze is an excellent number nine. He is short (176 cm), but at the same time he stands firm and dominates the penalty area. After a great season with Metz in Ligue 2 (23+8), Mikautadze moved to Ajax for 16 million euros. However, Georges could not repeat Shota Arveladze’s luck in Amsterdam. “Ajax” fell abnormally, and already in January 2024, Mikautadze returned to “Metz”, but already to Ligue 1.

In the second part of the season, the forward scored 14 goals. He almost saved Metz from relegation and dragged the team to the play-offs. He also scored in the confrontations, but Metz was also eliminated. At the same time, the club managed to buy Georges. However, there is no doubt that Mikautadze will not remain in League 2. They already write that Monaco has almost agreed to transfer him. A smart move on the part of the Monegasques, considering that after the Euro Cup Mikautadze’s price could rise if he performs well.

Georges Mikautadze

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There is also a big forward (189 cm): Zivzivadze. He became the main hero of the semi-final against Luxembourg: he scored two goals. He also came close to returning Karlsruher to the Bundesliga for the first time in a long time. However, his 12 goals still didn’t help. Karlsruhe finished the season in fifth place.

Another Georgian attacker, Zuriko Davitashvili, could not return Bordeaux, Sagnol’s former club, to Ligue 1. Although he had a great season: 8+8. The former Rubin, Arsenal and Rotor player is an excellent option for Georgia to strengthen during matches. Zuriko is fast, has good dribbling skills and can score. For a tired opponent, perfect.

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In general, the Euro is an opportunity for Georgian players to express themselves. Almost all Georgians play in different European leagues, outside of the Georgian championship. But for the most part, these are not top-tier leagues. Representatives from the championships of Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Poland and Ukraine are present. Furthermore, in the higher leagues there are second division players: from the Second Bundesliga, Ligue 2, Serie B, the Championship and the Second. Test yourself at the Euro Cup and more serious clubs will step forward.

This also applies to those who already play in the best championships. Khvichi’s future is in doubt. And perhaps his performance in the Euro Cup will influence his start next season. In addition, the performance at the European Championship may affect the future of Georgiy Mamardashvili.

Georgiy Mamardashvili

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The Valencia goalkeeper is one of the main players of the Georgian national team. He has been visible for a long time in the league and now he will also play in a major national team tournament. In addition, Mamardashvili saved a penalty in the post-match series against the Greeks. That is why it is difficult to overestimate his role in the historic success. They write that Atlético and Newcastle are interested in Georgiy. Maybe after the euro someone more serious will come.

It will be very difficult for Georgia to leave the group. Almost impossible if you call a spade a spade. At least that’s what it seems on paper. But this doesn’t mean it will be easy against Georgia. Let’s get Portugal out of parentheses. This is a top team, there is no point in measuring Georgia by them. But the Georgians can create problems for Türkiye and the Czech Republic.

Of course, the Czechs and Turks have more experience. And there are also many great soccer players there. In addition, Georgia will be deprived of its stadium, and this is a very important factor. The same Turks in Germany will, in fact, play at home. But for both the Turks and the Czechs it would be a big mistake to think that the match against Georgia is a guarantee of three points.

The Georgians are unlikely to make the playoffs. But they can prevent Türkiye or the Czech Republic from entering there, they can take points away from them. If this works, a new series of national holidays will be guaranteed in Georgia. If not, it’s not a big deal. The Georgians have already accomplished the task: they are in the Euro Cup for the first time in history. They’ve already had vacations, they’re already great.

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