criticism and doubts are already flying for Robert Lewandowski’s Poland

criticism and doubts are already flying for Robert Lewandowski's Poland

“We want to play forward, we want to play bolder. We are ready. » These were the words of the Polish coach, Czesław Michniewicz, this Friday morning, at a press conference before the meeting between Poland and Saudi Arabia (Saturday, 2 p.m.), as part of the second day of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. This speech, a priori innocuous and of what is most banal in football, in reality takes on a very particular importance after the poor offensive performance of Robert Lewandowski’s teammates against Mexico (0- 0), Tuesday.

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An offensive performance to forget

If this point obtained in group C is not, in itself, a bad result against a quality opponent, and it is synonymous with the best start to the World Cup for Poland in the 21st century (the first time since 1986 that the Białe Orły do ​​not lose their first match), it is above all the face displayed by the Polish team that worries and has provoked anger in the country. “We play badly from behind and we do more harm by playing from behind than good. We are not well prepared technicallyrecognized in this sense Wojciech Szczęsny at the microphone of DVT. We have great players up front, but the ball still needs to be brought forward. »

Unable to produce play or create danger collectively in the Mexican surface, the Biało-czerwoni relied on an individual exploit by RL9 to obtain a penalty, unfortunately missed by the FC Barcelona striker (or stopped by Guillermo Ochoa , it depends). “Robert Lewandowski is our captain. For him, the most important thing is the good of the team and that we win. He works a lot for the team. He has individual goals, but the success of the team comes first. He is our captain and leader”reassured Jan Bednarek, also present at a press conference this Friday.

Czesław Michniewicz in the eye of the storm

Still, the poor performance of the national team did not pass in Poland and that in view of the feat achieved by Saudi Arabia against Lionel Messi’s Argentina (2-1), there is enough to worry about before finding the men of Hervé Renard at the Education City Stadium. “I think both teams are equal.analyzed Czesław Michniewicz. Saudi Arabia have fast and strong players. They have experience, they play among themselves and on their own ground. They are a good team, but we are also good. We will play our qualification until the end. »

Endowed with very good players offensively speaking, like Piotr Zieliński, Sebastian Szymański or Arek Milik (entered at the end of the match against El Tri) surrounding Robert Lewandowski, the Whites and Reds can and must do better on the field. The ability of Czesław Michniewicz, who has led 10 games since taking over from Paulo Sousa on the Poland bench, to establish a real playing identity raises serious questions. The 52-year-old technician will have the opportunity to silence the critics and erase the many doubts facing the Green Falcons. “We have closed the subject of the match against Mexico. We know better what to do”, reassured Michniewicz in any case. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough on the ground, Artur Jędrzejczyk having called him to the sacred union.

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