Poznan admit defeat before KO even starts…

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Lech's Polish head coach Dariusz Zuraw attends a press conference ahead of the play off round of the UEFA Europa League match between Sporting Charleroi and Lech Poznan, in Charleroi, on September 30, 2020. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR / BELGA / AFP) / Belgium OUT (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)

Our final opponents, Lech Poznan have already raised the white flag and they say they will only play their B team on the 10th of December.

However, Poznan’s surrender is not going to change how we will play.

Because a win against Lech Poznan will put us top of the group, and put us in the coveted seeded pot for the draw for the last 32.

This is important, because an easier draw in the last 32 will give us more time to practice passing out of a high press, and we really need to practice this part of our game, before we take on the very best teams in Europe.

On Thursday, though Lech Poznan are far better than any of the teams we play in Scotland, they are just not able to press and control the game as effectively as Benfica.

So, this will be a chance to work on our accuracy in passing the ball out of tight situations, and to practice short fast interplays against a team that is technically quite good, but they are not Champions League level.

If we can recover this key part of our game (we were masters of the passing game two years ago) I believe we could go far in this competition.

It has to be said that last year the gap was just too large, and we also did not turn up for the games against Bayer Leverkusen, but this year we truly are just as good as any of the other surviving teams.

This could be one very interesting year…