The Polish national team did not show their best side in the last match of the World Cup qualification against Hungary (1: 2), in which Robert Lewandowski was not appointed to the squad, and Piotr Zieliński was replaced from the bench. This made us deprive ourselves of a place among seeded teams, so in the play-off semi-final, instead of playing at the National Stadium in Warsaw against a theoretically weaker opponent, we will play away with Russia.
Maciej Rybus has a positive attitude to Russia in the World Cup 2022 play-offs
We will play two matches in the World Cup play-offs. The first with the Russian national team in their area, the second – assuming that we will defeat the Russians – with the winning match between Sweden and the Czech Republic at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The draw could have ended much worse, as Maciej Rybus, the defender of Lokomotiv Moscow, argued hotly.
More sports content can be found at Gazeta.pl
– Russia is a team to play. It’s not Portugal, it’s not Italy. I watched the last matches of the Russians and I think that they are not of an excessively high level. But this meeting with Croatia was one hundred percent defensive in their performance. It is known, a match on water and in difficult conditions. Anyway, there’s generally nothing to be afraid of. Russia is a solid team, physically strong, run out, but if we play our ball against England, for example, there should be no problems – said the Polish representative in an interview with “Weszło”.
Russians outraged by what Rybus said. “I especially don’t understand why he needs Lokomotiv?”
Rybus’s statement aroused considerable controversy in Russia. Even one of the members of the local parliament, Vitaly Miłonov, commented on this subject. The politician demands a drastic reaction from Lokomotiv Moscow or the Russian Football Association. – He’s a Pole, after all. Rybus is not talking about his club, but about our representation. In general, the Polish national team … a funny definition. This is a signal that all these exotic characters that we buy with heavy money and who take the place of our youth are useless temporary workers – quotes the Interia Sport portal.
– They’re not ready to play for real. They are actors, animators. The sooner we get rid of Rybus, the better. A man who speaks in this way about our national team necessarily has a similar attitude towards our clubs, including Lokomotiv. I especially don’t understand why he needs Lokomotiv? Could this club not be able to cope without him: after all, Lokomotiv has its own football academy and good support in the youth – added the politician.
Rybus came to Russia nine years ago. He spent the first months in Terek Grozny. In the summer of 2017, Moscow only joined Lokomtiv. Like Grzegorz Krychowiak, who played there, the defender became the team’s primary figure. In total, he played 125 games there, scoring three goals and noting 11 assists. The player’s contract is valid until the end of June 2022.
The first match of the Polish national team in the World Cup 2022 play-offs will take place on March 24, 2022.