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Kaladze: Azzurri don't scare us
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Written by Sandro   
Tuesday, 09 September 2008 18:21
Milan defender Kakha Kaladze warns that Georgia “are not afraid of Italy” ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier.

“We have absolutely no fear, only a great deal of respect for this team and its players,” he told Sky Sport 24.

He is not the only figure in the team that knows the Italian game, as Coach Hector Cuper was fired by both Inter and Parma in recent years.

“I’m sure he will be eager to make a good impression, as we all are. He is a wonderful Coach and proved that with what he has achieved in his career.

“Cuper is essentially building a new team from scratch and it will take some time, because being in charge of a national side is different from club level. We only meet three or four times a year.”

Georgia’s hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup were already hit by an opening 2-1 defeat to Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland.

“The real objective is to forge a good team,” continued Kaladze, who confirmed his poor Milan form in that game too.

“For me the important thing is that everyone knows what they have to do on the field because, looking at each player individually, we are all strong both technically and physically.

“We just need to learn how to move in a united fashion, because currently we are a bit messy in terms of tactics.

“This is why Cuper is going through tactics and movement in every training session, because if you are not prepared and move as a team, then it’s difficult to work in today’s football.”