Making it to group stage will not be easy for Polish clubs: football blogger

Christopher Lash, a lecturer at Warsaw’s Łazarski University and a blogger writing about Polish football, discussed in an interview with PolandIN the previous and upcoming seasons of Ekstraklasa, the highest tier of football competitions in Poland, as well as chances of Polish clubs to make it to the European competitions’ group stage.

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The sensational winner of Ekstrklasa in 2018/2019 season was Piast Gliwice. Mr Lash compared this success to victory of Leicester City in English Premier League in season 2015/2016.

“It is a great story. Piast is the first Silesian team to win the title since the fall of communism,” he said.

The guest of PolandIN was also asked about the chances of the Polish teams to play in the group stage of the European competitions. In his opinion, Legia Warsaw has the easiest task, because it will be seeded in all rounds, but the Polish teams may find it difficult, because Legia, Cracovia and Piast will have to pass four rounds, which means eight games for each of them.

“Lechia [as the winner of the Polish Cup] only has three rounds to pass, because they start from the second round,” he stressed.

Piast Gliwice will face FC BATE Borisov in the first qualification round of the UEFA Champions League. Legia Warsaw will play against either UE Sant Julià or Europa FC from Gibraltar, and MKS Cracovia will face Slovakian FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda in the first qualification round of UEFA Europa League, while Lechia Gdańsk will compete against either FC Inter Turku from Finland or Danish Brøndby IF in the second round of this competition.

Click here to watch the full interview with Christopher Lash.