Poland promises hell for Kylian Mbappe’s blues
“In training, we work on the head game more than the ball. » These words come straight from the mouth of Poland head coach Czeslaw Michniewicz and set the stage for the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup that awaits France in Qatar this Sunday (16:00). Known for his very defensive approach to football, the player nicknamed the “Mourinho of Poland” continues to proudly embrace the principles of play that have been evident in Białe Orły since the start of the tournament. In his pre-match press conference this Saturday, Czeslaw Michniewicz made it clear that his team wouldn’t be here without him.
“The only statistics are the result and the place in the tournament tablehe first mentioned the 52-year-old technician. The leaderboard does not recognize other statistics. We played the game against Arabia with great success in attack (2:0). In the meeting with Argentina (0:2 defeat), the opponent did not allow to do this. » If Poland could make it out of Group C, the lackluster attacking performances of Robert Lewandowski’s partners have not gone unnoticed since the start of the World Cup in Qatar. One aspect that Michniewicz didn’t care about was who split a nice punchline.
Michniewicz considers himself “interim world champion”.
“Those who don’t play in defense are already at home. Leaving the group was our tactic. What they (journalists) write and say is normal in this profession, but I knew what I was doing and I am proud to be here. » And the Polish coach warned. “This match (against the Blues) will be completely different. You need to cut yourself off from those in the group. We have to deserve our opponents’ mistakes, but if we don’t put pressure on them, the French won’t. »
Given Czesław Michniewicz’s conclusions and Poland working hard, especially in set pieces, we shouldn’t expect to see a great show at the Al Thumama Stadium on Sunday. This does not mean that the head of the “white eagles” does not believe in qualifying for the 1/4 finals in Qatar, on the contrary. “In boxing, when you face a world champion in the ring and beat him, you become a world champion. If we win against France tomorrow (Sunday), we can consider ourselves “temporary world champions”., he thus fell in his legendary style. A sense of attainable achievement shared by Arkadiusz Milik.
Ownership: “Defending against Mbappe? I think we should go back with some guys on scooters! »
“Tomorrow we will play a fantastic game against the world champions. It’s a dream come true for all of us. Our goal was to leave the group, but we all want to continue playingwarned the former OM striker, who explained that the group was completely uninhibited. There are things we want and need to improve to continue playing in this tournament. We don’t feel pressure, we don’t apply it to ourselves, we know we can play football. I don’t pay attention to how the opponent feels, if he is confident. It doesn’t bother me. We know we’re playing against the world champions, but we’re focused on ourselves and we’ll do everything to stop them. » Piotr Zieliński, who was also present in front of the media this Saturday, went in this direction, confirming the confidence prevailing in this selection.
“Looking at our national team, there is a good atmosphere and a good attitude inside this game. We can fight against France and qualify. We will do everything for it. We are a good team. » One of the factors to consider for them will obviously be the presence of Kylian Mbappe in front of them. In this regard, Arek Milik entertained the gallery by having an original idea to compete against the KM7 speed. “How to defend against Kylian Mbappe? I think we should ride a scooter with some guyslet the Juventus striker off before continuing in a more serious tone. Seriously, it’s hard to play against one of the best players in the world. The team is very important because no one can stop it. » It remains to be seen whether the diabolical plan for the French will be enough to propel Poland into the quarter-finals for the first time since 1982.
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