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Dudek: “Lewandowski is the best in the world … with his membership”

Jerzy dudek is a legend in Poland. Defended 60 occasions the objective of the polish nationwide workforce and at the membership stage, amongst different achievements, gained the historic Liverpool Champions going again to Milan in 2004 and was a Luxurious substitute for Casillas throughout his time at Madrid. The previous goalkeeper attends AS to research his emotions earlier than as we speak’s recreation.

First, inform us what your life is like now. Are you continue to linked to soccer?

Now I’m not concerned in any soccer workforce. I’m serving to a bit my brother who is a coach at Sandecja Nowy Sacz, a workforce from Poland, and I work for tv as an skilled. We nonetheless have a soccer faculty in Krakow. And that is. Having fun with my life, you already know. Nonetheless match to play soccer, on the workforce of legends in fact. As a result of we additionally play legends for Liverpool. Now we’re ready for the pandemic to finish and we will meet once more and play some good and legendary video games for Liverpool and maybe Actual Madrid as effectively.

How do you see Poland in this championship?

We anticipated a victory towards Slovakia in the first match. We had the best attainable state of affairs: enjoying, say, towards the weakest workforce in the group on debut. We didn’t need to begin towards Sweden or Spain. Sadly we misplaced that recreation and now the complete nation is unhappy about it. Now we have a brand new coach, he hasn’t had a lot time to get the best out of the workforce, though this efficiency was clearly not the best. Poland’s efficiency was actually poor, from the goalkeeper to the midfielders and all the strategy to Lewandowski, it was a mediocre efficiency and we couldn’t damage an excellent workforce like the Slovak. By superb workforce I imply group efficiency. They had been very robust collectively and afterwards that they had superb particular person performances, comparable to Skriniar and Dubravka. Now we’re ready for Spain …

Do you suppose Lewandowski is the best in the world proper now? Poland should benefit from its stage …

In Poland we see that now we have two Lewandowskis. On the one hand, the one who performs for Bayern and does completely unimaginable soccer, scoring objectives and breaking information. On the different, the one who performs with the Polish nationwide workforce, particularly in massive tournaments like Euro Cups and World Cups. Earlier than the match Lewy had unimaginable statistics, he was breaking objective information with Bayern and in addition with the nationwide workforce … However this is at all times unhealthy information for us, as a result of when he has an excellent season with his membership it is troublesome for him to play for the nationwide workforce in the massive groups. tournaments. It seems to be like the similar is going to occur this yr and it will likely be very disappointing for him as a result of now we have two robust video games forward of us towards robust opponents like Spain and Sweden. It appears that we’ll not go to the second spherical, which is at all times the objective for us, to undergo the group spherical and use the best ahead in the world, as you say. In my view proper now he is the best 9 in the world now, however with his membership, as a result of in the nationwide workforce he is completely different and he is aware of it. He desires to vary it, he is speaking quite a bit with his teammates, nevertheless it appears very troublesome to have the similar Lewandowski in Poland as in Bayern. However certainly he is an excellent striker.

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You’re a legend in Poland. Has the stage of the Polish nationwide workforce risen quite a bit in comparison with what it was in your time?

In my time we began in 2002, that was the first time we went to a World Cup after 16 years, in Korea and Japan. All the pieces was new to us. We had been younger, with out expertise in the massive tournaments. We made some errors in preparation. We had a extremely good workforce spirit and an excellent group of gamers. Nearly everybody performed in Europe and evaluating our workforce with the present one is very straightforward: we weren’t the weakest workforce, the solely factor we didn’t have is a Robert Lewandowski. We had Olisadebe, who was a extremely good striker, he scored objectives, however we had been lacking somebody like Lewandowski. That’s the distinction, that Lewy makes a distinction. Besides, Poland has solely had one good match: the Euro 2016 in France. There we took benefit of the proven fact that we weren’t in the strongest group after which we beat Switzerland on penalties. Then we misplaced to Portugal, who had been champions, and we did it on penalties. That has been the best match of this new period. Earlier than and after that, one thing has at all times been lacking. Typically bodily preparation was missing, generally the atmosphere, as a result of if you don’t win the atmosphere is not the best. This yr we had been hoping to play a terrific position in the Eurocup nevertheless it looks as if it’s going to be actually troublesome to get previous the group. We’ll see… We will nonetheless be third, though now we have to attain an excellent outcome towards Spain and undoubtedly towards Sweden.

Does it give Poland many choices to beat Spain?

Once you see the Spain-Sweden you see that there are potentialities. You understand that you will have one or two events, you need to benefit from them to acquire an excellent outcome. However the very first thing is to play for actual. To be compact defensively, like Sweden did, with nice defensive efficiency. In that case you’ll be able to search for some counterattacks and set items, as a result of that’s the solely manner you’ll be able to damage Spain. If you wish to rating objectives you want the ball, nevertheless it is very, very troublesome to have the ball, it’s good to mentalize your self for a extremely troublesome evening, in which you need to run with out the ball all the time and wait… Make no mistake and look forward to the solely likelihood. After all, everybody in Poland is ready for this match, as a result of you’ll be able to defend 90 minutes and in an excellent motion rating a objective, however that’s very troublesome and I don’t suppose Poland has many choices towards Spain. All the pieces will rely upon the day and the way the gamers really feel. A priori, it appears that evidently the Spanish have far more to supply on the subject than Poland.

Coat of Arms / Flag Poland

What did you consider the absence of Sergio Ramos?

It was an enormous shock after I heard that Sergio was not going to the Eurocup. He has been the captain for a very long time. I do know that Luis Enrique has spoken with him, he has defined every little thing and it appears that evidently between them every little thing is high-quality. He had a really robust season, however he was prepared for this championship. You understand that you just don’t play many video games to your membership, Actual Madrid, however deep down you have got this nice match in your head. I feel Sergio was working very exhausting to get on the checklist and in the finish he was very disillusioned. I used to be very stunned by his absence, as a result of even when he doesn’t play he is a incredible motivator, figuring out what to do on and off the pitch. In some way it’s possible you’ll want him throughout this match.

You coincided with the champion Spain of 2008. Do you see this workforce a lot inferior to that one?

In 2007 I had a terrific alternative, as a result of I got here to Madrid with Iker, Rulo, Sergio, Guti … I noticed the transformation of the Spanish workforce: 2008, 2010, 2012 … They grew to become world champions and twice in Europe, it was nice to see how these gamers grew mentally and bodily. They created an excellent mixture of gamers between those that performed in Spain and overseas. That they had completely different traits and approaches to the recreation than you see in Spain and that mixture gave the best blended expertise. That they had an excellent relationship between the footballers and, in fact, they had been proficient. This Spanish workforce has a considerably decrease stage, I don’t need to say that it is the worst Spanish workforce of the final 12 years as a result of they could have their best second in the future. It is a younger workforce that wants time, though they’re beneath stress as a result of Spain is at all times aggressive and the followers at all times see Spain successful the European Championship or the World Cup. This group of gamers wants time. After time passes, you need to get outcomes to have the ability to examine your self with the technology of 2008, 2010 and 2012. It is nonetheless a workforce away, the soccer they suggest is nonetheless there, they proceed with the ball all the time, killing opponents with so many passes… They create many alternatives, however they don’t benefit from them and that is an enormous downside for Spain. They need to be smarter, generally it is extra smart to not take these dangers as a result of it is irritating to create alternatives and never convert them.

Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres… Do you want younger gamers from Spain?

They’ve many younger folks. You point out Ferran and Olmo, however they’ve many others in overseas golf equipment, which is uncommon as a result of Spanish gamers used to play in Spain earlier than. Spain was at all times very robust in youth after which it was troublesome for them to make the leap to the massive groups, so it is good to see these younger gamers with that technical high quality. They want time, in fact, and Gerard Moreno, for instance, is incredible and so they have an excellent goalkeeper. There is discuss of De Gea, however Simón is very proficient. They want endurance, rating extra objectives and get outcomes. I used to be at all times a terrific fan of Spanish soccer, though I hope they don’t have an excellent outcome towards Poland (laughs).

Lastly… A forecast for the match.

This is at all times troublesome, as a result of the coronary heart says one factor and the head one other. I want to have the similar outcome as Sweden. A 1-1, if we get it proper. If we play compact in protection we will have that outcome. My coronary heart tells me that we will nonetheless get a degree in this match, however my head tells me that we don’t have a lot to do, that the solely attainable winner is Spain. Everyone says that, however perhaps the coronary heart is proper this time.

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