Blaszczykowski-gate. Piszczek injured. Szczesny on the bench at Arsenal. Poland undoubtedly have their concerns before one of the most important games of the qualifying campaign against Ireland. Szymon Podstufka of Transfery.info offers the visitors’ view.
The Polish national team had its momentum. Against Germany we played a magnificent game, concentrated in defence, efficient in attack. With Scotland we showed that we could chase our rivals and catch them but what is more, the atmosphere in the team was unusual. You could feel that those guys simply liked each other.
It was not a coincidence that Kuba Blaszczykowski, undoubtedly one of the best Polish players, was out in those games. It is well known that he and Robert Lewandowski dislike each other. After the coach Adam Nawalka decided to give the captain armband to the Bayern Munich striker while Kuba was injured, things just became worse. Lewandowski didn’t want to give it back when he returned. Nawalka decided not to take the captaincy away from Lewandowski, which made the situation with Kuba even more complicated. Last week Nawalka visited Blaszczykowski in Dortmund and there are rumours that Kuba feels insulted with this choice. The midfielder has since been ruled out of the trip to Dublin.
What is worse, this is not the only trouble before Ireland game. Because of his tough personality, Wojciech Szczesny is no longer the Arsenal no. 1 goalkeeper. Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek will only recover from injury next month and explosive Rennes winger Kamil Grosicki will not play either.
But don’t expect this game to be easy for Ireland. What Nawalka is best at is motivating. He can take average players to a higher level, which is exactly what he did at Gornik Zabrze with the likes of Milik, Nakoulma, Kosznik, Zachara and many more.
Look out for ‘El Toro’ Kamil Glik. As a centre back, he scored seven goals this season for Torino in Italy and he may be as dangerous as our attacking duo Lewandowski and Milik.
No matter what the score will be, I only hope that friendship between our fans will last, as we all remember which two countries had the best supporters at Euro 2012, don’t we?