Robert Lewandowski cannot be bullied, warns Poland manager Adam Nawalka


BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press

Poland boss Adam Nawalka has warned Scotland they will be wasting their time if they try to bully Robert Lewandowski out of the game at Hampden.

The Bayern Munich striker, who is enjoying an incredible run of form with 12 goals in his last four matches, was furious with some of the tough tackling on display during the 2-2 draw between the nations last October.

One hefty challenge by Gordon Greer, in particular, left him hobbling and the 27-year-old subsequently turned in an uncharacteristically quiet performance in Warsaw.

(Pic: Roger Gor)
Nawalka has faith in his captain’s battling qualities (Pic: Roger Gor)


However, Nawalka believes Lewandowski can handle any rough treatment that Gordon Strachan’s men dish out during tomorrow night’s crucial Euro 2016 clash.

Nawalka told Laczy nas pilka: “Robert [Lewandowski] excels when it comes down to a physical fight, so I don’t think we will have a problem.

“The determination and aggression will be a very important element of the game.

“Needless to say, Robert is a very important player for us. His explosion of form, as our team captain, makes us very happy and hopefully that carries on into the national team.

“However, we are also counting on the team and everybody needs to play their part. We look very good mentally and we know exactly what we are fighting for.”

Meanwhile, Nawalka confirmed that his striking options have been dealt a blow prior to departing for Scotland, with Serie A-based striker Kamil Wilczek ruled out through injury.

The Carpi front-man was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his abdomen and has been sent back to the Italian club.