– I have some information that Paulo Sousa came to Robert Lewandowski to his hotel in Lisbon before the Champions League match between Benfica and Bayern and he proposed such a solution, so to speak, of human resources management during two matches of the national team. Robert was informed that he is playing in the first match with Andorra and will not play against Hungary if we win this match with Andorra and we will automatically be promoted to the play-offs. Perhaps today there will be a denial on the part of the team’s staff – revealed Mateusz Borek in the “Power of Futbolu” program on the Sports Channel.
– I have the impression that there is a mediocre grade in mathematics and someone did not calculate it exactly. I think everyone was convinced that defeating Andorra would mean automatically seeding in the play-offs – added Borek.
The spokesman denies Borek’s information. “I personally ran a virtual table”
Borek was right about the denial. The journalist’s information was denied on Monday by Jakub Kwiatkowski, spokesman for the Polish team. “No, it is not true. Since September I have personally run a virtual table of second places. After the match in Andorra, it was updated before leaving the stadium and everyone knew what it looked like. This is what it looked like before our match with Hungary” – wrote Kwiatkowski.
Let us remind you. The Polish national team lost 1: 2 to Hungary in the last match of the World Cup qualification and thus lost their seeding in the play-offs that will take place in March 2022. A huge criticism fell on the team and Paulo Sousa, and Robert Lewandowski fell the most, as he agreed with the coach that he would not play in the match at the National Stadium.
“We talked about my performances with coach Paulo Sousa even before the training camp. I signaled that by playing so many matches and knowing my body, I may not be in optimal disposition in both matches. The coach rightly did not want to underestimate the match against Andorra. Together we agreed that I would play in this game and in case of winning, other players will get a chance in the match against Hungary. The decision at the end always belongs to the coach, but I confirm that it was agreed with me. statement by Robert Lewandowski.
The draw of the play-off pairs of the World Cup will take place on Friday, November 26 at 17:00. The twelve nations will be divided into three “paths”, from which at the end three teams will be selected for the World Cup in Qatar. The play-off semi-finals will be played on March 24 and 25, 2022, and the finals on March 28 and 29. Poland will play in the semi-finals against Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Sweden or Wales. If it was possible to pass the first opponent, the draw will decide where the White and Reds will play the final of the play-offs.