I’ve been watching our football for many years and I was convinced many times that we left the selectors too quickly. That was the case with Waldemar Fornalik, and then with Adam Nawałka. So I am pleased that Jerzy Brzęczek has received the confidence credit from Zbyszek Bonek – said in an interview with Interia Antoni Piechnicz, former coach of the Polish national team.
Sebastian Staszewski, Interia: On Monday, the Polish Football Association, president Zbigniew boniek, decided that Jerzy Brzęczek would remain the coach of the Polish national team for the European Championship. Are you happy?
Antoni Piechniczek: – I think it’s a good decision. I understand Zbysz, who considered Brzęcz to have risen from first place in the group to the European Championships; it was worth going to a tournament like this. I’ve been looking at our pelota for many years and I was convinced many times that the managers were too quickly abandoned. That was the case with Waldemar Fornalik, and then with Adam Nawałka. So it’s good for the coach to receive the president’s trusted credit. Now we all need to keep our fingers crossed for success.
What did you like most this fall: the style of representation or its results?
– You provoke … They don’t always go hand in hand. If the team wins, even if it doesn’t play the way we expected, we should be happy. It is better to lose two weak games and then win, than to praise each other for playing 0-1.
However, after a 0-1 defeat to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and a 0-2 defeat to Reggio Emilia in Italy, didn’t you think we were weaker than a few years ago against the more trained and trained?
– Looking at the trajectory of these two games, I can say that we are not moving forward today, even though working with the team is a complicated project that cannot be summed up in the few terms you used. First, the CEO must go to the heads of delegates today; make it clear that in addition to the results, he is also responsible for the players. Because something is wrong. Did you see that at least one player stood out in the game against Italy? I saw one: Wojtek Szczęsny.
So what should Brzęczek do? Do you have any advice for him?
– He has to ask himself why he wasn’t concentrating. It was obvious from the first whistle that it was a bad day. If Jure were to sit here with us, I think he would confirm those assertions. After the warm-up, I saw that the Italians have tremendous motivation and load. And the game started like angry bulls. We, on the other hand, had no sparks. We lost that game before it really started …
More than 25 players played in November training. And we still don’t know who the first goalkeeper is, who will play left and right, what the midfield is like … How long does the team have to last?
– The situation in Brzęczek is completely different, for example, Adaś Nawałka. Jure is preparing for the Euro, but at the same time he is doomed – and with him – to start the World Cup qualifiers.
That is why he placed so much importance on young people: Jakub Moder, Kamil Jóźwiak, Przemysław Płacheta. This argument is strongly supported by Brzęcz. Youth rejuvenation is one of the priorities today.
– It is good that Brzęcz has confidence in these guys, as they have shown many times that they are ready to join the team. For example, this Moder was very strong, but without any revelation. Don’t expect them to play twice with the national team and take full responsibility all of a sudden. Yesterday I watched the match between Krakow and Legia Warsaw. I saw that Bartosz Kapustka was supposed to be a revelation. And today this Kapustka, who should be the head of the group, where is he? It’s in extra class! Someone is responsible for that. And yet Nawałka gave him a good chance.
Do the vocations of Arkadiusz Milik and Kamil Grosicki have a reasonable explanation? Both clubs are unwanted players who watch matches from the bench rather than from the stands. They reach for the frame and … they play the tail.
– I see the fault of the players who made the wrong decisions. Polish footballers are minimalist when it comes to achieving goals. When a Polish footballer won a million, that is, they are full, and when a Dutchman, when he got a million, he wants to win another eight. This is Robert Lewandowski’s mentality and that’s why he’s great. In my opinion, what should explain to our boys that they are doing wrong is President Zbyszek Boniek.
Do you understand the wave of criticism and sometimes hatred that Brzęczek is currently struggling with?
– Each selector must be prepared for this. I also struggled with hatred, even though no one said it at the time. One of the reporters told me a few years ago, “Coach, you have to have a hard stomach.” And Jure has to be too. I will also use the words of an important European coach for the day and he said: “The national team coach has to work fast and with good results.” People have expectations, it’s normal. But in 1982, starting to prepare for the World Cup and until the start, I spent 100 days with the team. Brzęcz has been working for the Polish Football Association for two years and did not reach that result. So it has to be accurate, precise, organized. He can’t count on luck, he can’t play in chaos. There is a saying that all roads go to Rome. You can go there through the Alps and waste your time, but you can go straight ahead, on a decent path. For now, it sometimes seems like we’re crossing the Alps. And as a result, there are criticisms.
Team captain Robert Lewandowski also attacked the selector with significant silence. It is difficult to work in the conditions of a besieged fortress.
– An important question needs to be asked here: why is it so difficult for Brzęczek? Because they can’t? Or maybe it depends on the reluctance of the players to have fewer students? Is there anything that bothers them? It seems to me that the third question is valid. Today footballers have thousands of issues to deal with: club and family arrangements, capital investments, the media. Maybe they are the problem themselves, not the coach? I will give you the example of Jasia Bednar. He played as a loser in the match against the Netherlands in the penalty shootout. I was playing defensively and I know something. In the case of a fixed piece, it must be on the player’s side, not behind him. And that’s how Jane positioned herself. If I were sitting on a bench, I would jump into the air! I show that all the blame cannot be blamed solely on the selector. Players must cooperate with him
Finally, let’s go slowly from side to side. You waited until 2015 to write an autobiography, even though you last worked as a coach 15 years earlier, and you won the Polish championship and the world championship medal. Brzęczek published that the book was in the office, although he was proud to have raised it to the euro. Was it a mistake?
– Times have changed. I had other clues, he has others as well. Maybe you’re surrounded by people who see it as a business. They would like to help him, but they also want to use it to have something for themselves. In fact, we will only know the correctness of this decision after the tournament.