Belfast Telegraph

Robert Lewandowski is urging Poland to keep cool heads in Eurp 2016 Nice opener

By Steven Beacom

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has warned his side not to lose their heads when playing Northern Ireland in their opening Euro 2016 fixture.

The Bayern Munich star was speaking ahead of a friendly with Holland tonight with Poland looking to continue their seven-game unbeaten run as they gear up for their Group C campaign in France,

When discussing Northern Ireland, Lewandowski (below), whose team played against the Republic of Ireland and Scotland in qualifying, said: "They are even more aggressive than the Scots and Irish. It will be important to collect long balls. We cannot lose our heads even if they try to provoke us."

Lewandowski, a target for Real Madrid, added that he believes Poland will be dangerous from set-pieces during the tournament.

He stated: "When it comes to set-pieces, Poland might be even better than Bayern Munich.

"You can clearly see the coach's hand in it. Nothing happens by coincidence. We have set patterns that can earn us goals.

"We are not strong enough to just ignore the chance to do something extra from corners and free-kicks. We do not create so many chances from open play that we can pass up the chance to make the most of our set-pieces. We can make life much easier for ourselves this way."

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