A week ago, Lecce managed to secure second place in Group C and take part in next year’s Conference League play-offs. The stake in this home and away match, in which teams from second place LK with teams from third place in the European League, will be promoted to the 1/8 final of the Conference League. Eight group professors guarantee participation.
The situation in the Poznan group schedule is very clear. The Polish champion will fight for second place in a correspondence duel with Hapoel Beersheba. If the Lycians win, then the outcome of the second meeting of the Israelis with Austria-Vienna will be insignificant. In the event of a tie, Hapoel cannot win by more than three goals. If Lech lost to the Spaniards, each victory for Hapoel would secure him a portion of the playoffs.
“Everything is in our hands,” van den Brum said at a press conference.
I know you often remember those good performances in Europe. A very important meeting awaits us, which will also be a great challenge for us. We would like to write another page in the history of the club and play in the European Cups after the winter – added the Dutchman.
And the Lechites have only progressed from the group stage to the qualifiers twice in the European Cups. In February 2009, they played in the 1/16 finals of the European Cup with Udinese Calcio (2:2 and a 1:2) defeat, and two years later in the 1/16 finals of the European League they were eliminated by Sporting Braga. (1:0 at home and 0:2 away).
Lech’s closest rival, Villarreal, secured victory in the group after the fourth round. In the first match of both teams, after a thrilling finish, the Spaniards won in Valencia 4: 3.
We played a very good match in Spain and we didn’t have to lose it. We conceded three goals easily and very quickly then, but we still got back into the game. Too bad for this waived goal. That match in Valencia was the only loser in the group stage of the Conference League, but it gave us a lot of confidence. I think we showed our best during the whole group stage – confirmed the coach.
In the opposing team a little over a week ago, there was a change of position for the coach. The castration was not due to poor team performance; Former Villarreal Unai Emery has received offers from Aston Villa. He was replaced by Quique Setien, who terminated his contract with Barcelona in August 2020 and was unemployed. He previously worked, among others, at Betis Seville and U de las Palmas.
Maybe, and I’m emphasizing the word ‘maybe’, Villarreal are a little weaker than they were at the start of the season, but they’re still a very strong team. As we know, they changed their coach, and this also entailed changes in the lineup and tactics. In Valencia in the first match, they used rotation, bet on the bench, but they were still a strong team. Regardless of the line-up, it is important to present our style, our game – Van den Brom rating.
Lech will play without suspended Swede Jesper Karlstrom, but the “Kolejorz” goalkeeper has an alternative option.
“It’s always a problem when the player who has played the most matches is suspended.” On the other hand, I repeated several times that I have a wide team, we have two players – Radosław Murawski and Nika Kwekweskiri, who can play in his position. It is likely that one of these players will replace him. Besides, we don’t have any injuries, and I can reveal that Partek Salmon, who will be in the match squad, is back in training – he admitted.
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