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Blaszczykowski focus enters Euro zone

18 April 2012 02:55

Borussia Dortmund's Polish trio have one eye on Euro 2012 in their homeland with a back-to-back Bundesliga title on the horizon.

Jakub Blaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski and Lukasz Piszczek will team up at the European Championships in June at the close of the Bundesliga season hoping of double success.

Dortmund took a huge step to sealing their second consecutive Bundesliga title and hold an almost insurmountable eight-point lead over Bayern Munich following their 1-0 win between the sides last Wednesday.

A gutsy 2-1 win over rivals Schalke followed while Munich stumbled at home to Mainz to all but hand the title to Dortmund.

Blaszczykowski said it would be a huge advantage playing for a top club with his countrymen ahead of the Euros but added it would take cohesion from the whole squad to ensure a successful tournament.

"To play for the club is very different from playing for the national team," Blaszczykowski said.

"Here in Dortmund we play three at a time; that will help for the national team as well.

"For example, I play with Lukas on one side we are allowed to play blind. This will be the same in the national team on nearly the same level. Of course we play different at the front but the running is the same.

"With the Polish team we have less time to practice and to work together. We have just two weeks of preparation for the Euros.

"I hope we'll use this time in the right way and we'll be prepared well. We need more players, 11 or even more and then we will see if we can win - it's not an individual sport.

Poland face Russia, Greece and the Czech Republic in Group A and Blaszczykowski was realistic about their chances.

"We need to be a team. I hope and I know we can be a team. Just a few things are missing, for example.

"We'll need luck and much more. We have a great opportunity and we want to make the most of our chance."

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