“The coach clipped the wings of the players. It was a pity to watch it.” Dudek did not leave a dry thread on Michniewicz
It is not the first time that Jerzy Dudek criticizes Czesław Michniewicz loudly. The former goalkeeper of the Polish national team in an interview with the Polish Press Agency did not leave a dry thread on the tactics chosen by the selector.
The match against France looked completely different in the performance of the “White-Reds” than the group stage matches. The Poles played much bolder, which did not go unnoticed by Dudek. However, he has doubts whether it is the merit of Czesław Michniewicz.
– We knew France was out of reach, so we really had nothing to lose and it showed in the players who played more courageously than in those previous games which were too timid. The players showed that even a world champion team can play and attack Dudek said.
– I don’t know if it was against the coach or with his permission, but we finally played what we can in attack. First of all, thanks to the fact that we positioned ourselves higher, it was possible to force some mistakes on the French, which were repeated in the defense line and only a more effective game was missing in front of their goal – he assessed.
In an interview with the Polish Press Agency, Dudek did not spare harsh words for the selector. He believes that it was the coach who clipped the wings of the players, led by Robert Lewandowski.
– You could see that the players had limited motivation and I think that a big “merit” including the coach who cut the wings of our players and thus could not give more on the pitch. In the meeting with France there were moments of good play, but as it turned out later, it was not enough to stay in the tournament he said.
– After such a World Cup, the words of criticism will surely fall on the players who, for the most part, were not able to reach their highest level. Even Robert Lewandowski, who scored two goals, but you could see that he was terribly tired on the pitch. It was a pity to see the best striker in the world standing helplessly watching his teammates play. There was no joy in this band. For me personally, it was more like training as a punishment that the coach did after losing a match – finished.
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