Kaladze: Italy need Georgia on their minds

October 12, 2007

MILAN, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Injured Georgia captain Kakha Kaladze has warned Italy his country's players are keen to make an impression in Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier in order to follow him to Serie A.

A win for second-placed Italy would leave them on the brink of qualification from Group B with just a trip to current leaders Scotland and a home match with Faroe Islands to come next month.

But AC Milan defender Kaladze, out with a thigh problem, has put Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso and other club team mates on guard ahead of their clash with second bottom Georgia in Genoa.

'Our young players have the right stimulus and desire to show their worth, above all in Italy, which represents the best shop window,' Kaladze told www.gazzetta.it on Friday.

Georgia have a more experienced campaigner up front but Kaladze said 31-year-old striker Georgi Demetradze was still dangerous.

'He is quick and technically good, a player that can create problems for any team,' he said, also sending a warning to the Scots, who travel to Georgia the following Wednesday.

'We could cause problems for the Scottish team, but also for Italy.'