Pablo Sarabia has urged Spain to form life “uncomfortable” for Robert Lewandowski as they plan to get their Euro 2020 campaign up and running against Poland.
Luis Enrique’s side could only manage a 0-0 Group E draw with Sweden in their opening fixture despite dominating, and can seek to edge themselves towards the last 16 once they meet the Poles in Seville on Saturday evening.
However, if they’re to try to do so, they’re going to got to seek out how to prevent Bayern Munich frontman Lewandowski, who plundered a Bundesliga record 41 goals last season.
“Our idea is that we make him as uncomfortable as possible and move him into areas of the pitch where he doesn’t want to be.”
Limiting Lewandowski, who scored six goals – including a hat-trick against Latvia – in qualification won’t be Spain’s only challenge after a frustrating encounter with the Swedes, who defended for dear life at La Cartuja on Monday evening.
Paris St Germain’s Sarabia, who came on as a 66th-minute replacement for striker Alvaro Morata therein game, said: “It’s very difficult to play against that style – 10 men plus the goalie beat their half.
“After two years at PSG, I’m wont to it. And now that’s happening to Spain due to how we play.
“But that’s where quality comes in, once you attempt to wear them down. What you would like is to make space which will begin to return in games if we stick with our style.”
If Spain, who have skipper Sergio Busquets back within the fold following his Covid-19 enforced exile, have work to try to, so to try to Paulo Sousa’s Poland after they surprisingly lost 2-1 to Slovakia in St Petersburg in their first game.
The Poles, who were beaten just one occasion in qualification – 2-0 in Slovenia – are going to be without influential midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak through suspension following his dismissal for 2 bookable offenses against the Slovaks.
Speaking from his side’s base in Sopot, defender Jan Bednarek said: “We skills to play, what to try to do to win. If any player doesn’t, better he stays in base camp in Sopot.
“There is the big will to point out not everything is lost. I do believe it’ll be a breakthrough moment for us.”