Tskhadadze’s Early Promise Should Worry Poles, Scots and Irish
Author: Alastair Watt
As Georgia suffered a predictable but far from embarrassing 2-0 defeat at the hands of world champions Germany in Tbilisi on March 29, their already slim hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016 were realistically extinguished.
However, there were enough signs of encouragement in the Georgian performance to suggest that they will present stiffer opposition in the latter half of the qualifying campaign than they did in the first.
Head coach Kakha Tskhadadze, appointed at the start of 2015 to replace the outgoing Temur Ketsbaia, vowed to adopt a more attacking approach than his predecessor and, although Georgia were far from cavalier in their strategy against the Germans, the hosts posed enough attacking intent to validate his promise.
Ketsbaia’s ultra-defensive approach, particularly in the 1-0 loss to Scotland in Glasgow in October, was one defender too far for the Georgian support who were by and large unsurprised and unperturbed by his resignation which preceded the humbling 4-0 defeat to Poland in Tbilisi a month later.