The clash between Poland and Argentina will be a duel of the two teams, not strikers Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi, Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz said on Tuesday before their decisive final World Cup Group C match on Wednesday.
Poland tops the standings with four points and will advance with a win or a draw. But they would be knocked out by a defeat coupled with a victory by Saudi Arabia over Mexico.
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“This match is not a friendly,” coach Michniewicz said. “It's going to be a fight between two teams who both can still progress.”
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“We don’t have one approach. We can’t only be defensive, we need to be offensive too,” he said.
“Approaching this game hoping for a draw would make us lose because we must assume Argentina will be able to score. That’s why we’ll want to score from the start too,” he stressed.
“No one should feel stressed or under pressure, they should be joyful because it’s a great honour for any player, coach to play at the World Cup against Argentina,” Michniewich concluded.