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Lech dazzle but Wisła take top spot

Published: Tuesday 26 August 2008, 11.03CET
UEFA Champions League contenders Wisła Kraków have made a perfect start to the 2008/09 season in Poland, but KKS Lech Poznań are winning marks for style.
by Maciej Iwański
from Warsaw
Lech dazzle but Wisła take top spot
Lech Poznań coach Franciszek Smuda ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 26 August 2008, 11.03CET

Lech dazzle but Wisła take top spot

UEFA Champions League contenders Wisła Kraków have made a perfect start to the 2008/09 season in Poland, but KKS Lech Poznań are winning marks for style.
UEFA Champions League contenders Wisła Kraków have made a perfect start to the domestic in Poland, but KKS Lech Poznań are winning marks for style.

Third win
With three round of the new Ekstraklasa campaign gone, champions Wisła are showing little ill effect from the loss of some key players over the summer. Coach Maciej Skorża earned a third successive league win at the weekend, triumphing 2-1 against a GKS Bełchatów side coached by his former Poland boss Paweł Janas.

Impressive results
However, it is UEFA Cup contender Lech who are firing fans imagination at the moment. Unlucky to lose their first game of the season 3-2 at home to Bełchatów, the Poznan side have responded with 3-0 wins at Jagiellonia Białystok and at home against Górnik Zabrze as well as beating Grasshopper-Club 6-0 at home in the UEFA Cup.

'A crisis will come'
"We need to continue this kind of form in our next matches," coach Franciszek Smuda said as he looked to keep his players' feet on the ground. Polish international midfielder Rafał Murawski also urged caution, saying: "We have a long season in front of us. We all know a crisis will come but I hope we are up for the title this year."

Bright starts
The four sides to have come up to the top flight are all settling in well. Śląsk Wrocław, Lechia Gdańsk, Piast Gliwice and Arka Gdynia have all started brightly, with the latter second in the table. Hearteningly for Arka, Zbigniew Zakrzewski scored twice on Saturday, his first goals since returning from a grim loan spell at FC Sion.

First victory
Legia Warszawa also recorded their first win of the season at the third time of asking on Sunday, beating Jagiellonia 2-0. "We bought a few new players, including three who were free agents from Spain," explained coach Jan Urban, who played in Spain for CA Osasuna, Real Valladolid CF and CD Toledo. "They needed time to adapt first."

Last updated: 26/08/08 11.33CET

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