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One day to go until Gibraltar’s National team return to action in the European Qualifiers foir UEFA EURO 2020.

Gibraltar are currently in Tbilisi where they will take on Georgia, at 6pm (cet), 8pm Georgian time tomorrow evening in the Boris Paichadze National Stadium, the fifty two thousand seater Dinamo Arena home of Dinamo Tbilisi.

Gibraltar are no strangers to this stadium having lost 4-0 in the Qualifiers for EURO 2016

 

However, under the guidance of Head Coach Julio Ribas, Gibraltar are a different proposition these days. Recent performances in the UEFA Nations League and the opening European Qualifier of this campaign, at home in the Victoria Stadium versus the Republic of Ireland have proved this.

Georgia themselves are a team on the up. They were also in League D of the Nations League comfortably winning Group 1 with 5 wins and a draw from their six matches. Their only blemish a 1-1 draw away at Andorra.

Ahead of the game Julio Ribas and Tjay De Barr spoke to the assembled media in the Boris Paichadze National Stadium today.

 

Ribas when asked on the his objectives for tomorrow, Georgian National team and our European Qualifying Group as a whole stated:

"It’s a pleasure to be in Georgia. Our primary objective is to ensure that the team performs and functions well tomorrow. If this happens then and only then can we even start to think about a result.

We have the same information on the Georgia team is the same as they have on us. With today’s advanced technology we have all the info we need. I have watched a lot of Georgia’s previous games so we know all about them that we need to.  Georgia have a strong hard team, with lots of players playing abroad. They play very well, especially their recent 1sthalf against Switzerland and the squad has very good players in all areas  - defence, midfield and in attack. They also have an excellent coaching staff.

Our group is a tough one, I don’t like to talk about favourites and in this group Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark and Georgia all have very strong teams. And we ourselves are continuously growing as a team humbly, but with an intense desire to be competitive and to be able to express ourselves.  

We have a fully fit team for tomorrow."

 

Tjay DeBarr was asked about how he has been preparing to face Georgia, The young forward commented:

 

"Personally to be honest I don’t look at the individual players from the opposition team. I concentrate on the analysis the coaching staff have prepared for us about Georgia. We know that for us to get the job done tomorrow we have to do exactly what we have been preparing for all week."