Concerns in Poland about doubtful case, 'Lewa' expects 'mission impossible'

Poland's head coach Michal Probierz has a doubtful case in his preliminary squad for the Euros in Germany. It remains uncertain whether midfielder Bartosz Slisz will be fit in time to play against the Dutch national team.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 11:55, 3 Jun 2024

On June 16 in Hamburg, Poland will be the first opponent of the Netherlands in the group stage. At a press conference on Sunday, head coach Michal Probierz stated that Atlanta United midfielder Bartosz Slisz is still recovering from an injury and that a decision on whether he will go to the Euros will be made soon.

Slisz has played eight international matches for Poland so far. In January of this year, he left Legia Warsaw for an adventure in the United States. Probierz had earlier ruled out Matty Cash's participation in the Euros. The Aston Villa defender is struggling with a hamstring injury, adding to Poland's selection challenges.

Despite these setbacks, Probierz remains focused on building a competitive squad. He highlighted the depth and versatility of his team, noting that while injuries are unfortunate, they also present opportunities for other players to step up and prove their worth on the international stage.

Possible Farewell

Robert Lewandowski feels no pressure as the start of the Euros approaches. "It will be almost a mission impossible for us to achieve an honorable place. That’s why I’m very relaxed. We know which countries we are playing against, and we can only do our best. Hopefully, many Polish fans will support us in Germany," said the Barcelona striker.

For the 35-year-old Lewandowski, who has 148 international matches and 82 goals to his name, this will almost certainly be his last act with the national team. "I’m going to enjoy every moment at the Euros," said the captain of Poland. "I will make a decision after the Euros and follow my heart. This is not the time to make a decision yet. A few days off have done me good. I feel fit."

Lewandowski's comments reflect a sense of realism and optimism. He acknowledged the strength of their opponents and the challenges ahead but emphasized the importance of giving their best effort and enjoying the journey. His leadership and experience will be crucial for Poland, especially as they navigate the uncertainties of injuries and the intense competition of the tournament.

As the team prepares for their opening match against the Netherlands, the focus is on maintaining fitness, building team cohesion, and ensuring that every player is ready to contribute. The support from Polish fans in Germany is expected to be significant, providing a morale boost for the team as they aim to make a strong impression at the Euros.

Updated: 11:55, 3 Jun 2024