Euro 2020: Spain won't change tack against Poland, aims to be more clinical

Spain made a tournament record 917 passes against Sweden but failed to muster a goal from 85 per cent possession of the ball as they struggled to find a way through their opponents' rigid defensive lines.

Spain will face Poland in its second Euro 2020 match on Saturday.   -  AP

Spain showed a real lack of cutting edge in its opening 0-0 draw with Sweden but there is little chance of it veering from its usual strategy when it face Poland in its second Euro 2020 match on Saturday.

Spain made a tournament record 917 passes against Sweden but failed to muster a goal from 85 per cent possession of the ball as it struggled to find a way through its opponents' rigid defensive lines.

But coach Luis Enrique has proudly pledged to adopt the same tactics against Poland, saying "we try to play the same way in every match" and the only change he will ask of his players is to be more clinical in front of goal.

Striker Alvaro Morata became a scapegoat for the Seville crowd when he missed a one-on-one against Sweden yet it would be no surprise to see the famously stubborn coach keep faith in the forward.

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His team mates have been doing their best to keep Morata's spirits up.

"All of us are responsible for attack and defence and he made some very good interventions in defence. I grew up with him and he's a spectacular player, his numbers show that," midfielder Pablo Sarabia told reporters on Thursday.

Poland will be equally keen to improve on its showing in its first game after losing 2-1 to Slovakia to sink to the bottom of Group E although Sarabia still expects it to mimic the tactics Sweden employed so effectively.

 

Spain should also beware of conceding any chances to the Poles and in particular Robert Lewandowski, who is likely to be more ruthless in front of goal than Sweden's Marcus Berg, who squandered a huge chance to score in one of few forays forward.

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"We're expecting a team that will sit way back but who have great players up front. I'm sure they're going to demand a lot of us," added Sarabia.

"They might copy how Sweden played but we know what we're good at doing and we're going to try and get the most out of the way we play.

"It's difficult to play against a team where everyone defends in their own half but that's where we need to show quality, be patient and wait for gaps to appear."

Poland will be without holding midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak after he was sent off against Slovakia while Spain is hoping to be boosted by the return of captain Sergio Busquets.

Busquets has been isolating back in Barcelona after testing positive for COVID-19 on June 6 but has been asymptomatic and is expected to return to the team's camp in Madrid by Friday.

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