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Poland, Jun 9:  Even with his starting 11 clearly tiring in the second half of their Euro 2012 opener against Greece, Poland coach Franciszek Smuda didn't turn to his bench.The simple reason: Smuda's squad is

India TV News Desk [ Updated: June 09, 2012 19:41 IST ]
poland suffering from lack of depth in squad
poland suffering from lack of depth in squad

Poland, Jun 9:  Even with his starting 11 clearly tiring in the second half of their Euro 2012 opener against Greece, Poland coach Franciszek Smuda didn't turn to his bench.


The simple reason: Smuda's squad is painfully short on depth.

Smuda's sole substitution in the Group A match on Friday was forced upon him when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny received a red card for a challenge in the box, prompting the coach to bring on No. 2 ‘keeper Przemyslaw Tyton.

But Smuda opted not to bring on any outfield players to boost a Poland attack that dominated the first half and wilted in the second.

The lack of solid substitutes is a serious problem for the tournament co-host if it wants to advance from the group stage.

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