Wisła Kraków celebrated taking their eleventh Polish title with a 2-1 derby win but coach Maciej Skorża feels his side are still a work in progress.
Wisła were confirmed as Polish champions on Saturday with five games still to play without kicking a ball as Groclin Grodziski Wielkopolski lost 2-1 at Lech Poznań. Yesterday they celebrated with a 2-1 win of their own, against city rivals MKS Cracovia Kraków, but while no side has ever won the Polish title so early in the year, coach Skorża is not entirely satisfied. "Unfortunately we had some bad matches and our form was not always at the highest level," said Skorża, who was Paweł Janas's assistant as Poland coach before making his name with a successful spell at Groclin. "My target is to improve the team. We need some significant transfers to fight for a place in the group stage. We will do our best."
Now 36, Skorża underlined his reputation as one of the finest young coaches in Poland with his side's fearsome progress this season. Still unbeaten after 26 league games, Wisła started the season with a 1-0 win at 2006/07 champions Zagłębie Lubin thanks to a strike from Paweł Brożek, and the 24-year-old has been central to their success. Two goals against Cracovia took his total to 18 for the season, but he has not won the title single-handed. They have slipped up in the transfer market before, yet this time Wisła have made no mistakes, showing nous by signing Polish international Wojciech Łobodziński from Zagłębie Lubin after winger Kamil Kosowski left for Spanish second division side Cadiz CF.
Wisła have a healthy budget by Polish standards, and having brought strikers Andrzej Niedzielan and Radosław Matusiak back to the Ekstraklasa following spells at NEC Nijmegen and SC Heerenveen respectively. It may be that Skorża's men finally have the wherewithal to battle their way into the UEFA Champions League group stage. The club will officially celebrate their first title since 2004/05 once the season is over, with Skorża eager to preserve the unbeaten run for the remaining four matches. Given that Wisła finished eighth last season after one of the most traumatic campaigns in their history, it will be a celebration most feel the coach richly deserves.
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