Sunday 24 September 2017

Lewandowski drought no problem for Poles

Poland coach Adam Nawalk: “We have no problem with the fact that Lewandowski hasn’t scored yet because he is doing a great job for us”
Poland coach Adam Nawalk: “We have no problem with the fact that Lewandowski hasn’t scored yet because he is doing a great job for us”

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Poland striker Robert Lewandowski can finish Euro 2016 without a goal to his name as long as the team keep grinding out results starting with today's last-16 clash against Switzerland, coach Adam Nawalka says.

The Poles eked out 1-0 wins over Northern Ireland and Ukraine and a 0-0 draw against Germany in the group stage, with Lewandowski often dropping into a deeper role to create space for strike partner Arkadiusz Milik.

"We have no problem with the fact that Lewandowski hasn't scored yet because he is doing a great job for us," Nawalka said.

"He has adapted to a new role very well as we are a team whose players understand each other perfectly and we are very happy to have him in our side."

The match will feature sides who stifled their group-stage opponents in midfield and kept things tight at the back, with the Swiss conceding only one goal and Poland none.

"They are a very good team, and in order to win a game with no room for error we have to implement our game plan, which is to attack and keep them on the back foot," Nawalka said.

"We will need to take our chances because we probably won't get many against a rock-solid Swiss defence."

Poland's mean defence have no intention of letting the Swiss ruin their proud clean sheet record.

The Poles have yet to concede a goal at Euro 2016 and defender Kamil Glik wants to keep it that way.

"We worked hard in the training camps. We put in some hard, painstaking work," said Torino captain Glik. "It's nice to see that this hard work is paying off at such a crucial time.

"The Swiss have some good players in midfield in Granit Xhaka, Blerim Dzemaili and Valon Behrami, as well as Haris Seferovic up front, and good players at the back. "They work well together."

Striker Seferovic claims Switzerland are capable of going all the way to the final.

"We have showed our qualities so far, but we have to stay positive, work hard," he said. "We're not looking far ahead, but everything is possible, even the final."

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