Robert Lewandowski, after a shocking Bundesliga season, is all able to take Poland to newer heights at Euro 2020. This membership season, Lewandowski broke Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old file by scoring probably the most variety of targets in a single season. Mueller’s file was of 40 targets and Lewandowski took his tally to 41 in simply 29 video games to get the envious file to his title. Lewandowski additionally helped Bayern Munich win their ninth consecutive Bundesliga title and with that confidence and form, he has taken on the nationwide obligation.
In a clip that made it to social media, Lewandowski smashed a fan’s telephone whereas taking a curling shot in a coaching session. In the clip, the fan could be seen standing behind the objective publish and his pin-point shot hit the telephone.
Poland coach Paulo Sousa, who was surprisingly appointed to guide the crew in January, must arrange his gamers to get the very best from Lewandowski, whereas additionally contemplating his backup choices in case his captain is absent.
Sousa is a former Portugal midfielder going into his first main match as a nationwide crew coach, and he has already seen what can occur if Lewandowski is lacking from the lineup.
The skillful striker injured his knee in Poland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra on March 28. Without him within the lineup, Poland then misplaced its subsequent recreation to England 2-1.
Sousa’s predecessor, Jerzy Brzeczek, was fired after failing to get the very best from Poland’s biggest asset. Poland completed with two losses and two attracts in a Nations League group with Portugal and Italy, and Brzeczek’s cautious crew model was slammed as “frightened” by Polish soccer federation president Zbigniew Boniek.
Adam Nawalka, who had been in command of the crew for 5 years earlier than stepping down after the 2018 World Cup, had fared higher with a system set as much as profit Lewandowski.
Sousa seems to be to do the identical and has already drastically altered Brzeczek’s arrange for a extra attacking focus, beginning with three on the again.
Lewandowski might be supported up entrance by Arkadiusz Milik, who spent final season at Marseille on mortgage from Napoli, however Hertha Berlin ahead Krzysztof Piatek is out of the match with an ankle harm.
Other choices in assault embrace Dawid Kownacki of Fortuna Düsseldorf, Karol Swiderski of PAOK Thessaloniki and Jakub Swierczok of Piast Gliwice — a shock inclusion regardless of a effective season for the Polish membership. None come near the caliber of Lewandowski, nevertheless.
Poland will open in opposition to Slovakia in St. Petersburg on June 14 after which tackle Spain in Seville on June 19 earlier than returning to Russia to face Sweden 4 days later.
(With AP inputs)
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