Speaking after his team’s 3-1 loss to France and subsequent exit from the World Cup, Poland striker Robert Lewandowksi was critical of Poland’s approach against the French and in the tournament in general.
The Barcelona striker said: “You need to enjoy the game, it will be an important element, even in the near future. When we try to attack, it’s different. When we play very defensively, there’s no joy… there are many factors that play into it.”
Now 34-years-old, this is likely to be Lewandowski’s last World Cup but his words were seen as an ‘ultimatum’ by some Polish reporters, as the player’s statement’s suggested that, if the team didn’t change tact, they might have to do without their captain going forward.
Poland coach Czesław Michniewicz saw his contract extended automatically having seen the team through to the last 16 in Qatar but his future remains in question while fans were divided between their support for Lewandowski and Michniewicz’s defensive approach, this being Poland’s first knockout stage appearance at a World Cup since 1986.
Coming toward the end of his career, Lewandowksi may already be considering his international future as he tries to maximise his impact at club level.