Lewandowski urges Poland not to fear Germany
Poland skipper Robert Lewandowski has tipped tonight’s Group C opponents Germany to win Euro 2016 but has urged his side to take the game to the reigning world champions.
Lewandowski, who plays his club football for German champions Bayern Munich, knows how tough it will be for Poland to build on their victory against Northern Ireland in matchday one, but says anything is possible in tournament football.
“It will be a special game against Germany,” the 27-year-old told Die Welt. “We know each other very well. We met twice in the qualifiers and Germany are the favourites for me, not just [on Thursday] but also to win the tournament. They can go all the way.”
The top scorer in Euro qualifying added: “We know how strong Germany are. But we will fight. Everything is possible in a tournament like this.
“We have to stay calm and act confident. We must play without fear and don’t have any stress.
“We know it will be hard, but it’s only football and we must enjoy ourselves. “We can do it if we approach the game like that.”
Meanwhile Jerome Boateng says Germany must be wary of Poland’s overall attacking threat, not just his Bayern teammate Lewandowski.
“We have to be careful,” said Boateng. “They have good offensive people and not just Lewandowski.”
After missing the 2-0 win over Ukraine through injury, German defender Mats Hummels is available for selection.