Before this very tempting Bayern-Barça, all the cameras are focused on the return of Robert Lewandowski to Bavaria. Sold for 45 million euros last summer, the 34-year-old Pole is agreeing with the Barcelona management for having invested such a large sum in a striker considered to be elderly. No, the second in the Ballon d’Or 2021 is not on vacation in Barcelona and has not finished making life difficult for his opponents.
It is a fact: Ronald Koeman’s stage as Barça coach between the summer of 2020 and October 2021 was not a success. For this reason, the Batavian coach should have refrained from commenting on the different choices made by the new management during this last transfer market. But Rambo preferred to give his opinion to the Esports 3 channel “Lewandowski is a great player, a sure scorer, but he is of a certain age. 35 years ? (Actually 34 since August and 33 at the time of his signing, Ed) I have doubts about paying 50 or 60 million for a player, in addition to salary. Maybe he has two years left. There are many doubts. » Just over two months later, the doubts evaporate when observing the contribution in attack of the number 9, whose balance in Barça already amounts to 9 goals and 2 assists in 6 games with the shirt. blaugrana. At the time, neither Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid nor Radamel Falcao at Atlético had such a good start in LaLiga.
Good King Robert turned his robe inside out
To tell the truth, seeing Lewandowski with 1.50 goals per game is not a surprise in itself. In Munich, the Polish scoring machine had already scored more goals than games played for three consecutive seasons: 34 goals in 31 games in 2019-20, 41 goals in 29 games in 2020-2021 and 35 goals in 34 games in 2021. -2022 . Even Erling Haaland cannot boast of such a performance. Therefore, Lewy’s return to the Allianz Arena will be the subject of very close scrutiny to find out whether or not the forward has really done the right thing in changing teams during the summer. “I would like Bayern and the public to receive it with gratitude.mentioned this Monday Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in an interview with ace. Don’t forget that he played here for eight years, won everything and scored between 35 and 50 goals every season. In addition, he arrived for free and left for 45 million euros. He contributed to the success of Bayern. » If the sporting and economic success seems total between Bayern and Lewandowski, the Bavarians continue to seek each other tactically in the absence of a real size in the center forward position.
Against Inter, Sadio Mané started. Bayern won, but the Senegalese did not score. Quite the opposite of Barça, whose Lewandowski mandate has been essential for the Catalan victory since the beginning of the season. In the Bundesliga, the Munich team is looking for a good cruising pace with three consecutive draws and third place in the standings after six games. Inevitably, the absence of Lewandowski affects this start in diesel mode of a Bayern accustomed to the presence of its striker in all compartments of the game. At Barcelona, this leads to a small revolution, because the greats were no longer at the height. match since Ibrahimović’s failure. “It’s not just the goalsXavi explained after Barcelona’s great victory in Seville (0-4). There is also his work without the ball, his way of pressing, he is a spectacular reference for us. He’s a fantastic player, his timing, the solutions he finds. All of this is indicative of the maturity he is showing. (…) He is positive for the group, a natural leader, a winner. Even in his way of training. For me, it is wonderful to have him in the team. »
Nagelsmann: ‘I can’t wait to see Lewandowski’
Launched like a cannonball in his season, Lewandowski will find his former teammates wanting to improve their individual statistics in the duels between Bayern and FC Barcelona in C1, where the striker has 4 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. “I can’t wait to see Lewandowskievoked Julian Nagelsmann after his team’s success in Milan last week. It will be an exciting match. They started very well in the league. As for Lewy, we don’t need much analysis for him. Our players already know how good he is. » This weekend against Stuttgart (2-2), the German coach fine-tuned his strategy while Barça put four pawns in Cádiz. “Everyone wants to play Barcelona on Tuesday and ideally win this game at home.he said at a press conference. If someone puts the handbrake against Stuttgart, they can put the handbrake against Barça. » For his part, Lewandowski instead plans to continue climbing the towers.
By Antoine Donnarieix