Robert Lewandowski finished the qualifying match against the Czech Republic for next year’s European Championship without a goal. “Lewi” was one of the topics of conversation during the team’s press conference on Monday. Michal Probezh spoke about the captain.
Robert Lewandowski arrived at the White-Reds’ November training camp after an important breakthrough in the colors of Barcelona. RL9 scored two goals in the league win over Deportivo Alaves (2-1). However, in the match against the Czech Republic, Lewandowski did not score another goal for the national team. After a 1:1 draw at the PGE National Stadium, the Poles lost the chance to directly qualify for next year’s tournament.
Michal Probez openly about Robert Lewandowski’s form
The Red and White coach was asked about Lewy’s performance against the Czech Republic during the conference on Monday. Touchstone came to the team captain’s defense, pointing out several important points.
– I disagree with the opinion that it was a terrible match for Robert. We have conducted a thorough analysis. We as a team need to be able to take advantage of the way he positions himself and the way he plays. We often can’t make the last pass. I’m a little surprised by all the hate towards him. Because when Lewandowski introduced us to previous tournaments, he was a leading player, we have to respect him. Now is a difficult moment for him and the national team must help him return. The easiest way is to hang the dogs on someone, Probezh said during a conference in Warsaw.
In addition, the Polish coach mentioned moments that could completely change Lewandowski’s assessment of the match with the Czechs.
“This is also a difficult time for him, he recently returned from injury. It was also the first time I had Robert at the training camp. That’s not exactly what they say. Lewandowski created a lot of opportunities and the other players had a lot of freedom. Both Piotrowski and Swiderski ran very well behind him, and we had three situations where we would have played a little better and the goal would have been scored. Yes, the striker gets credit for the goals, Robert had a 2-1 situation that he himself created. If he had scored, we would not have said that he played the weakest match,” said the coach of the white-reds.
The Polish national team will fight to reach the playoffs
The Red and Whites made a mockery of direct promotion with disgraceful performances in several group stage matches. The Poles lost basically all their away matches to what turned out to be the best teams in the hierarchy. It all started with a defeat from the Czech Republic in Prague (1:3), then from Moldova in Chisinau (2:3) and Albania in Tirana (0:2). After such results, it is difficult to think about direct promotion.
However, coach Probezh’s team can take advantage of a second chance in the March playoffs and reach Euro 2024. The Poles could qualify for next year’s tournament in Germany, similar to the World Cup in Qatar (2022). Let us remember, however, that at that time Paulo Sousa’s team was in second place in the group after England. As a result, under the leadership of Czeslav Mikhniewicz, after UEFA and FIFA suspended the Russians from international competitions, the “white-red” defeated Sweden in the playoff final (2:0) at the Silesian Stadium.
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