Sunday 17 December 2017

Poland ready for 'chaos' in the Aviva

Peszko in action for FC Koln
Peszko in action for FC Koln

POLAND star Sławomir Peszko has predicted a night of "chaos" in Dublin on Sunday as his team plan to take a step closer to Euro 2016 at the expense of Ireland.

Now based in Germany with FC Koln, Peszko - likely to play on the right side of midfield in place of the absent Jakub Blaszczykowski - has an insight into the Irish psyche as he was a team-mate of Stephen Ward and Kevin Doyle for a season at Wolves (2012/13).

Peszko is now a Bundesliga regular but his time in England saw him face up to teams like Luton, Northampton and Blackpool, so he has an idea of what to expect on Sunday.

"Certainly, our opponents will play aggressively," says Peszko (below).

"The start of the match will be chaotic and nervous. And if we can score first, the only way Ireland came come at us will be from set pieces or long balls into our box.

"We have to be careful of that , but at the same time that could open up the chance for us to go on the counter-attack," he added, stressing that Poland are no just making up the numbers in this group.

"If they look at our squad, they will see that we're not a weak side.

"We are on top of the table, so they have to open up a bit and take a risk, and if they do that we can take advantage."

The right side of the field is an issue for Poland here in Dublin as they are missing their main right back (Lukasz Piszczek) due to injury and their star right winger (Blaszczykowski).

Based in Germany, Peszko is aware of the fuss over Blaszczykowski's omission from the squad, but while anger simmers over the manager;s decision not to include Borussia Dortmund man Blaszczykowski, Peszko says he has his compatriot's support.

"He called me to congratulate me on the call-up and says he hopes to be back in the squad for the next game, he will do all he can to achieve that," he said.

"I know my game will be compared to his, I can deal with that," added the winger, who has yet to score for his club this season. "I hope that changes in Dublin but I don't care who scores as long as we win."

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