There is a huge summer of football ahead for Poland with the European Football Championships just around the corner. The expectation is reaching fever pitch levels as Paulo Sousa’s men gear up for their opening match against Slovakia at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on the 14th of June.
But even before that fixture takes place, all eyes from around the globe will turn to Poland as they get ready to host one of the world’s biggest football teams in the Europa League final on the 26th of May in Gdansk. Indeed, Manchester United will jet into the port city on the Baltic coast in a bid to try and beat Villarreal. It must be said, there’s every chance this will be the case given that the latest Europa League betting has the Red Devils as the outright favourites to triumph in Gdansk.
Of course, once the lights are then switched off at the Stadion Miejski on the 26th of May and the celebrations have died down, the continent’s focus will turn to the upcoming Euros where Polish player Mateusz Klich is likely to play a pivotal role in his country’s quest for glory.
Mateusz Klich made this look so easy 👏 Solid corner routine too 😉 pic.twitter.com/y9UQbl8hrE— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 6, 2020- Advertisement -
The 30-year-old is enjoying a remarkable season with his club side Leeds United and has already registered three goals, as well as six assists, during his debut campaign in the English top-flight. It is Klich’s fluid movement just behind the attackers that makes him such an invaluable player for the West Yorkshire side and one of the stand-out performers in the league this season. Indeed, the Polish international's success is built on his ability to roam from box to box as he keeps the Whites ticking over. Needless to say, it is a role that requires extraordinary levels of fitness.
Klich has learned to cope with these demands having played under manager Marcelo Bielsa for the past three seasons. Since the Argentine was appointed manager of Leeds in 2018, Kilch has become a fan favourite at the club due to how successfully he has adapted to Bielsa’s unique brand of football. In many respects, Bielsa’s distinctive style made Leeds an international phenomenon overnight given the scale of the revolution that was taking place at Elland Road, and it was Klich who was at the forefront of all of this.
Indeed, the Tarnow-born midfielder started an astonishing 93 games in a row and ended up playing perhaps the biggest role in Leeds’ promotion back to the Premier League.