There is almost no margin of error for Spain far from it for Poland Y Robert Lewandowski, the biggest scorer of the season and the threat to the Spanish team, in need of goals, triumphs and determination in the face of the pressure and restlessness that have promoted their only point so far for 0-0 against Sweden.
A crossroads with only one game played by the boys of Luis Enrique Martínez, whose perspective on the last day invariably depends on the result of this Saturday. Although victory is not essential to sustain your ambition to reach the eighth, yes it is for his claim to be first of the group.
It forces her 0-0 last Monday against Sweden, with the controversy of the slow and dry grass that reduced the speed of movement of Spain in the La Cartuja stadium in Seville, where he returns five days later, as the coach and some footballers spread at the end of the match, but above all with an undoubted cause-effect: without a goal it is impossible to win. And Spain has an obvious problem there, personified in Álvaro Morata, again signaled by the whistles of a sector of the public that put him in the spotlight. Again.
But it is not an exclusive matter for the Madrid striker, who missed the occasion that could have changed everything in the 37th minute, but rather collectively. Nor was Koke Resurrection right. Neither Dani Olmo nor Gerard Moreno, which now arises as a possible novelty in the lineup. If anyone has a goal this course is him. He has scored 32 this season.
Against Sweden there were 17 shots, five on goal and zero goals. As long as he does not improve in that section, everything else will be insubstantial: his unbeatable number of passes on the first day, his absolute dominance of possession and his 80 proposed attacks that urge more verticality, depth and, above all, forcefulness.
Because, among those data, Spain was still a long way from being what it wants, not only in attack or in his pressure, his more refined mechanism, but also in defense: his centrals showed vulnerability in several duels, to the point that the post and a blunder prevented further damage on Unai Simón’s goal.
The Athletic Club goalkeeper, the starter in Luis Enrique’s last eight games, will not move from the eleven, whose configuration is again unpredictable, but there are not too many changes, at most three, if the new lineup reaches that figure proposed by the Asturian coach against Poland.
Morata is expected in it, no matter how much fight he has had in the last duels with the goal. Y maybe there is room for Gerard Moreno, on the right wing, or Pablo Sarabia, on the left. Or only for one or neither of them, taking into account that Ferrán Torres is a player until now almost fixed for Luis Enrique.
Rodrigo Hernández points to the center midfield, along with Koke Resurrección, since Sergio Busquets, despite returning with the group, will not be in the call. The other indoor position offers several possibilities, from Pedri to Dani Olmo, passing through Fabián Ruiz.
No changes to the sides are expected, with Marcos Llorente on the right and Jordi Alba on the left, nor perhaps in the center of the defense, with Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres, although Eric García also appears as an option if he chooses to retouch his centrals.
Poland, against the ropes
In front, Poland on the ropes after losing 1-2 to Slovakia In its premiere, it faces a meeting of maximum tension after several days involved in criticism for the poor performance of its players. Few have been spared, from their coach, Paulo Sousa, to their franchise player, Robert Lewandowski.
The image he showed in front of Slovakia was that of an inconsistent, blunt, gray team with no ideas and very predictable that collapsed as soon as it suffered a setback. Their start could not have been worse, defeated by what, a priori, was the weakest selection of the entire group.
A Paulo Sousa, questioned from many areas, had to be defended by the president of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek, who this Thursday confirmed that he will continue in office even if he loses against Spain. Lewandowski was not helped by anyone, he only heard criticism from sectors of the press and the fans of his country for one reason: he has only scored two goals in the ten games he has played in a major international competition with Poland.
It did not work out well either Grzegorz Krychowiak, who will not be able to play in La Cartuja after seeing two yellow cards against Slovakia. He was another of the victims of the first duel. With 1-1 on the scoreboard and with Poland focused on victory, he was sent off in the absence of half an hour for an absurd action that left his teammates outnumbered.
The former Sevilla player later acknowledged his guilt and asked for forgiveness, but will leave a gap in the center of the field that will be occupied, if there are no surprises, by Jakub Moder, a promising young Polish football player with good ball handling and good arrival. who has excelled the last two courses at Lech Poznan and Brighton.
Yes, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will continue in Poland’s eleven, the fourth designated after scoring an own goal. The rain of criticism towards the Juventus goalkeeper has been torrential and he will not leave the lineup because his replacement, Wojciech Fabianski, suffers a muscle injury.
Against this background, Poland will try to score three points to alleviate their penalties and, above all, to keep their chances of playing the round of 16. At least a couple of men will fight with joy: left-back Maciej Rybus and midfielder Karol Linetty, the only two good news for their great game against Slovakia that will remain in the eleven to push towards victory.
Spain: Unai Simon; Marcos Llorente, Eric García or Pau Torres, Laporte, Jordi Alba; Rodrigo; Koke, Dani Olmo or Fabián; Gerard Moreno, Morata and Ferrán Torres or Sarabia.
Poland: Happy; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Rybus; Linetty, Moder, Klich; Jozwiak, Lewandowski and Zielinski.
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy).
Stadium: The Charterhouse.
Hour: 21:00 CET (19.00 GMT).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.