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Moder: We have to believe we can beat Spain

Poland in need of points after defeat in opening Euro 2020 match.

By Charlie Hanson • 19 June 2021

By Lacsy Nas Pilka
Jakub Moder's Poland go into their game against Spain at the bottom of their group.

Albion midfielder Jakub Moder says the camaraderie in the Poland squad means they have got what it takes to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Slovakia.

Pointless and bottom of their group heading into today’s game against Robert Sanchez’s Spain, Poland realistically need at least a point in Seville if they want to progress to the knockout stage of the competition.

“I am looking forward to the game. we are going to try and win, but a point against Spain would be good for us – they’re one of the best teams in Europe. We have to fight.

By Laczy Nas Pilka
The Poland international came on late on in the 2-1 defeat to Slovakia.

“The whole of Poland was very disappointed with the loss against Slovakia, everybody expected us to win and that we would get three points and that would have made the group a bit easier for us. But now we are in a difficult situation.

“Three points would be perfect, but nobody knows what will happen. Not a lot of people in Poland believe that we can beat them – the journalists and newspapers say that we messed up, but we believe in ourselves and that’s the most important thing.

“At the beginning of the camp we had our families with us – players’ wives or girlfriends and children. We had a lot of activities, games, comedies and even concerts! We had training as well, but we all have a really close bond.”

The 22-year-old could be in line for his first start of the Euros, having come on as a late substitute against Slovakia and nearly setting up an equaliser from a corner.

By Laczy Nas Pilka
Jakub Moder will be hoping to start against Spain today.

“I could have had an assist from my first touch! I took set pieces in Poland with Lech Poznan. I believe I’ve got a good delivery, but at Brighton we’ve got Pascal [Gross] who has been taking them there for a while and he’s got quite a few assists, especially for Dunky! Pascal has got a really good cross on him.

“It’s hard to compare us though, it’s a different type of delivery. I cross in more like it’s a shot, with a bit more power on them, but Pascal is very accurate. He knows where Dunky is and he will put the ball on point.”

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