The DT of Poland, Czeslaw Michniewicz, was upset when asked to comment on the general dissatisfaction with the defensive lineup in the 0-0 draw against Mexico in his debut at the World Cup, and asked who he should rule out to reinforce the attack.
The front Robert Lewandowski was left alone again in the first half against the Mexican defense, before Michniewicz changed tactics and told Piotr Zielinski to play higher, a change that led Poland to create more chances.
“When someone asks me if it’s possible to make a different lineup, I answer: ‘Of course it’s possible. But at whose expense?’“, said Michniewicz in the press conference on Thursday.
“If you, the journalists, want to line up another player, say who, because we can’t play with 12. If they want a second striker, they simply have to leave someone out of the lineup,” added the tactician, who brought in a second striker in the 87th minute, when Zielinski was replaced by Arkadiusz Milik.
Lewandowski: When we put more pressure on Mexico, they failed
The captain of Poland, Lewandowski, seemed to share again the discontent of the countryconfirming that tactically, not conceding was the priority against Mexico.
“If in the back of your mind there is the thought that defense is the most important thing, then that’s what it looks like afterwards,” Lewandowski said after Tuesday’s game.
“With a more daring game we are capable of creating situations, maintaining that balance between attack and defence. We cannot be afraid of taking risks, because when we pushed harder, Mexico lost its way“.
Ahead of Poland’s Group C game against Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the coach had a different point of view.
“What was missing against Mexico, from my point of view, was taking advantage of golden chances,” Michniewicz said.