The Polish national team had big problems with Saudi Arabia, but eventually won 27:24 in the third match of the 2023 World Cup. Coach Patrick Rompel told Vieblay what had a bad effect on his team.
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In the first half of the match between Poland and Saudi Arabia, there were moments when the two opponents were on top. It was a wonderful surprise. Although the Poles lost their first two matches in the 2023 World Cup, this time they faced a much weaker team from Slovenia and France.
In the end, Patrick Rumble’s players had a 13:12 lead after the first half, then they took the victory to the end, winning 27:24. This ensured that the white-red were promoted to the next stage of the tournament.
– This result is very important to us. Although it was a match against a weaker team in theory, the pressure was clearly there and the players carried a lot of it on their shoulders. We kicked her out of the whole game, and I don’t think we quite succeeded. However, we won, we progressed, we will play in Krakow and that’s the most important thing – said Patrick Rompel in an interview with Fiplay.
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The Polish team selector has no doubts that pressure was the main factor that made his players not play to their potential.
– I can’t find any other explanation. Of course, you also have to appreciate the opponents who were so focused on this match, they knew they were fighting for something big. We had to defend them throughout the game. There was hardly a quiet moment, except maybe when there were four goals in our favour.”
A ViaPlay journalist indicated that the team captains – Simon Seko and Arcadius Moretto – were supposed to rest during the match against Saudi Arabia. They finally had to play and scored 8 and 9 goals respectively.
Life writes different scenarios. Of course, we always have our assumptions, and we are prepared for various variants. Today we had to use a substitute as the leaders had to spend 45-50 minutes on the field – concluded Rompel.
In the second stage of the 2023 World Cup, Poland will play, respectively, against Spain, Montenegro and Iran. The first match on January 18th.
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