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Monday 21 August 2017

Georgia face big test

GEORGIA'S new national team coach knows that a knowledge of German, and a first-hand insight into the football scene there, may not be anywhere near enough to help his side get a result against the world champions tonight.

Kakha Tskhadadze, who has his competitive debut as Georgia boss tonight, had a spell as a player in England (Manchester City) but also spent four years in the German league with Eintracht Frankfurt (1992-96) yet despite that grounding, a test against the Germans is still a daunting one for the struggling Georgians.

"I know the way German teams play but this is a very hard game for us, we are taking on the World Cup winners," said Tskhadadze, who took over as manager from Temuri Ketsbaia in December.

"We have to get the three points in Tbilisi, nothing less will do. There is pressure on us as always but we must do our job," says German boss Joachim Loew, as his side suffered a dent in their confidence with a poor 2-2 draw at home to Australia in a friendly in midweek.

"We've definitely got to do better," says Bayern Munich man Mario Götze (above).

georgia v germany, tomorrow (ko 5.0)

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