By Adeboye Amosu: Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has explained that facing Nigeria and South Korea will give his national team first-hand knowledge of teams they will be facing in the group stage at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Adam Nawalka’s men will come up against an African team Senegal in one of their group games at the mundial.
To get a close knowledge of the playing style of Senegal, quarter-finalists at the 2002 World Cup, the Poles will face the Super Eagles at the Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw on Friday.
Next week’s friendly fixture against South Korea is to test Poland’s might against an Asian team as they will face Japan in Russia 2018.
Lewandowski, who plays for European giants Bayern Munich, offered his explanation on why they are engaging Nigeria and South Korea in friendlies ahead of the World Cup.
“The selection of opponents was influenced by the teams we have in our group,” the former Borussia Dortmund star told the Poland Football Federation official website on Tuesday.
“Each game, however, will be different because the teams in our group have different styles.
“For us, learning these different styles will be the first lesson of what we can expect at the World Cup.
“The friendly matches itself is the first stage of preparations for the World Cup. It is a moment to check new set-up options and show quality in a non-competitive game.
“In this respect, too, it is an important element, and we want to show that we can play football, and the new players will have to show that they can fit in and give us good balance.”
“There may be weaker matches, but if we want to present ourselves as well as possible, we must prove quality even in training,” he stated.
“We know that it may look different. If the result is not perfect, it does not mean that it will be bad, because maybe the game will look good, there will be optimistic conclusions. It may not be a test, but showing that we also have quality to do well.”