Friday 26 April 2019

'Ireland is not a pleasant opponent' - Polish boss expecting tough test against Martin' O'Neill's side

Robert Lewandowski is set to earn his 100th cap against Ireland
Robert Lewandowski is set to earn his 100th cap against Ireland

Aidan Fitzmaurice in Wroclaw

Poland coach Jerzy Brzęczek says he expects a physical battle against Ireland in Wroclaw on Tuesday night.

Poland have taken a step towards regaining confidence following their poor showing at the World Cup finals in Russia as they began the Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Italy last week. And with captain Robert Lewandowski in line to win his 100th cap against

Ireland, home fans are expecting a night of celebration.

But Brzęczek , who took over after the World Cup finals, says it will be a night of hard work.

"Ireland is not a pleasant opponent, their style of play will be different to what we had in Italy," he said.

"It's a different playing style, a different attitude and Ireland will be very determined, especially with their last game in Wales where they did not have a good result, this will give them added motivation to erase that bad impression," he added.

The Polish coach did not confirm that Lewandowski would start for his 100th appearance but he did state that ex-Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny will start.

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