By Maciej Iwanski
Miroslaw Jablonski has been a coach in Poland for nearly 30 years. During his coaching career, he has guided the fortunes of KP Polonia Warszawa, Legia Warszawa and Zaglebie Lubin, and is now at the helm of KS Amica Wronki. He is also a member of the Polish Football Association's Coaches' Committee (Rada Trenerow PZPN).
Jablonski is looking to take Amica far in this season's UEFA Cup, and faces a real test away to Spanish side Málaga CF in Thursday's second round first-leg encounter. Jablonski spoke to uefa.com about Amica's European ambitions.
uefa.com: You must have been satisfied with the UEFA Cup first-round win over Servette FC, especially after coming back from two goals down to win the first leg 3-2.
Miroslaw Jablonski: I am indeed. I think we proved ourselves in that particular match.
uefa.com: Amica were founded just ten years ago. Already, the club has managed to get into Europe on several occasions. This is quite impressive.
Jablonski: Well, I have been working at Wronki for almost two years now. We are looking at getting the right strategy, and the club board has constantly been revising its measures and plans. Firstly, they invested in good facilities, which are now among the best in Poland. Amica has also invested considerable amounts of money in a youth development programme.
uefa.com: Do you follow anybody's example?
Jablonski: Yes, of course. We try to emulate the best possible tactics shown by the top European teams. My team uses a modern system - we play with either three or four defenders. It depends on circumstances, and sometimes we have to adapt because of injuries. It's harder to use three defenders, but our youth teams are trained in the way we play, and we are ready to switch tactics at any moment. That's also why I'm always able to use any of the younger players. And sometimes I do.
uefa.com: How far you want to go in the UEFA Cup this season?
Jablonski: Somebody might say I'm pessimistic, but I'd like to qualify for the third round. It's going to be difficult, but if we could, perhaps we could draw one of Europe's major clubs. It would be wonderful to produce positive results, and we hope to do so. I regard the Spanish top flight as one of world's strongest leagues. Málaga must be unsure of what we are, and this can be our strength. We must stay alert in defence. I want Amica to be a committed, hard-working team. I also hope that we can improve in scoring goals, and be more effective. Let's just work hard and see what happens.
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