In the first round of group games, Raków Częstochowa lost to Atalanta Bergamo 0-2 in September. The rematch was supposed to be different. The Italian team, already confident of advancing to the knockout phase, appeared in Poland with a heavily reserve squad.
However, the stars’ understudies were aware that they had a chance to prove their usefulness to the team. Effect? They taught the Polish champions a harsh football lesson.
Raków overboard of European cups. Szwarga: Football is not only about beauty
The 0-4 defeat means that Raków definitely ends its cup competition this season. Did it have to happen like this?
– Many elements failed today. The key was that we were unable to score a goal in clear situations, said Dawid Szwarga, coach of the defeated team, shortly after the match.
The key was that we couldn’t score in clear situations.
~ Dawid Szwarga
– The start of the match was good for us. Even though we conceded a goal, we created our chances. Missed opportunities against such a renowned rival simply take revenge and that’s what happened this time – he added.
However, Raków’s coach does not intend to lament.
– That must hurt. Football is not only beautiful, but also difficult moments. We felt we had a chance to advance, but we had to deal with it. The season is long, we now have to be focused until the very end to finish with our heads held high. All this to take a step forward, said Szwarga.