Tomasz Fornal and the Polish national team advanced to the final of the European Championships. Nikola Grbic’s team secured the opportunity to fight for the second gold medal in history after a 3-1 triumph over the Slovenians. The Jastrzębski Węgiel volleyball player pointed out the great advantage of each national team player who finds leverage during matches.
Polish volleyball players will fight for gold at the European Championships. After 14 years, they advanced to the finals again. Nikola Grbic’s players in the knockout phase of EuroVolley 2023 record only 3:1 victories. First they defeated the Belgians, then the Serbs, and in the semi-finals the Slovenians. This puts them in the final along with the hosts and defending champions, Italy.
Tomasz Fornal revealed the advantage of the Poles
Italians, like Poles in their homeland, can count on great support from fans. Although we didn’t see full stands during the White-Reds match, when Ferdinando De Giorgi’s players took to the pitch, the hall in Rome exploded. After an interesting but one-sided match, Italy defeated the French 3-0.
For Poles, the match against Italy will be an opportunity to take revenge for last year’s World Cup final in Poland. In Spodek Katowice, the Azzurri won 3-1 after a very good match. Tomasz Fornal, the host of the Polish team, revealed that the national team checked the bookmakers’ odds for this match. According to them, there is no clear favorite in the European Championship final. The Jastrzębski Węgiel player also added that the White and Reds’ great advantage is versatility. Using the example of the exhibition, he stated that each representative was able to cope with all elements of the game.
– Everyone can throw a highball here. Everyone can do the basics. Volleyball has gone in this direction. We play smart, very good in blocking and defense. The Italians also defended and blocked a lot. We play patiently. We don’t make stupid mistakes. In volleyball, sooner or later an ugly mistake can happen, but our game is still beautiful to look at – said Fornal.
Poland will play against Italy for the European Championship gold
The final match of the 2023 European Championship Italy – Poland will take place on Saturday, September 16, at 9:00 p.m. Earlier, France and Slovenia will fight for bronze in the tournament.