Kvaratskhelia’s two goals before Portugal-Georgia

Kvaratskhelia’s two goals before Portugal-Georgia
Kvaratskhelia’s two goals before Portugal-Georgia

Georgia is preparing to challenge Portugal this Wednesday in Gelsenkirchen (9 p.m.), on the last day of the group stage. A match for which Khvicha Kvaratskhelia set two objectives: qualify for the round of 16 and leave with the Cristiano Ronaldo jersey.

On the eve of the match between Georgia and Portugal, this Wednesday during the last day of the group stage of Euro 2024 (9 p.m.), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia presented himself with a smile in front of the press. “I hope we win and that Cristiano Ronaldo will give me his jersey,” said the Naples star, with an amused look.

Georgia, present for the first time at the Euro, is last in Group F after a defeat against Turkey (3-1) and a draw against the Czech Republic (1-1). But a victory against Portugal would qualify them for the round of 16. Before this apparently unbalanced clash, the Georgian star is “not anxious because it has always been a dream to play against Cristiano Ronaldo”.

“I hope we win and Ronaldo gives me his jersey,” Kvaratskhelia joked.

“It will be a difficult match but, psychologically and from a motivation point of view, we are more motivated than Portugal since they are already qualified,” said the 23-year-old dribbler. “A lot of people thought we wouldn’t qualify for the Euros and here we are. Everything is possible. And even if you have 1% chance, you have to use it. We will try to write one more page in our history. Georgia has shown so far that it had “not come as a tourist” to the Euro, he insisted, while being lucid about his personal level: “I have not yet shown the best of myself and I hope to do it against Portugal.”

“Being here is already a victory” for Sagnol

His coach, Frenchman Willy Sagnol, expects a “difficult” match but the mission is not entirely impossible, according to him. “If there is even a small chance of qualifying, you can be sure that my players will do everything for it,” he said. The former Bayern Munich defender also insisted on the good performances of his team so far. “Being here is already a victory,” he said. “Maybe we won’t win the Euro, but we have the level and deserve to participate.”

The former Blue, Ronaldo’s opponent in the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup, was very offensive in the face of criticism aimed at him before and during the tournament, in particular on his choices concerning Georges Mikautadze and Budu Zivzivadze at the forward position. -center. “I am insulted every day by idiots for reasons that have nothing to do with football. I can’t accept it anymore. I’m a coach, nothing else. Who plays or who doesn’t play, it’s “It’s my decision”, he defended himself.

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