Participating in a World Cup just twenty years is not a small thing. Even if you do with Poland eliminated as expected in the round of 16 from France. The adventure of Nicola Zalewski in Qatar is more than satisfactory, despite the poor timing (64′) in four games. Two games on the bench against Saudi Arabia and Argentina, a starter against Mexico (the first in the group) and the last with France with only 19 minutes on the field.
An international stage he didn’t even think about a year ago when the only goal was to convince Mourinho to let him play some games. Not only did he succeed, but he also became an immovable starter in the second half of the season, kicking Vina and taking advantage of Spinazzola’s injury. An ascent that brought him to the World Cup with Boniek’s blessing. The first months of the championship were not exciting, Nicola seemed to have lost the initial polish. Maybe a little contentment or unresolved private matters, but Qatar should have returned the charge for the second block of the championship.
Nicola, like his teammates, will enjoy a ten-day break and then fly with Roma to Portugal where Mourinho will play a second preparation. The Karsdorp case has opened him new opportunities, such as playing right alternating with Celik waiting for Tiago Pinto to intervene on the market. This is an opportunity that Nicola is ready to seize to continue his growth process and give Roma the chance to qualify for the Champions League.