Before this very tempting Bayern-Barça, all the cameras are focused on Robert Lewandowski’s return to Bavaria. Sold for 45 million euros last summer, the 34-year-old Pole is proving Barcelona management right to have invested such a large sum in a striker considered to be old. 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’s a fact: Ronald Koeman’s time as Barça coach between the summer of 2020 and October 2021 was not a success. Therefore, the Batavian technician should have refrained from commenting on the various 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 ? (In reality, 34 since August and 33 at the time of his signature, Ed) I have doubts about paying 50 or 60 million for a player, on top of the salary. Maybe he has two years left. There are many doubts. » A little over two months later, doubts evaporate when observing the attacking contribution of number 9, whose record at Barça already amounts to 9 goals and 2 assists in 6 games in the shirt. blaugrana. In their time, even Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid or Radamel Falcao at Atlético did not have such a good start in La Liga.
Good King Robert put his tunic inside out
Truth be told, seeing Lewandowski at 1.50 goals per game isn’t a surprise in itself. In Munich, the Polish scoring machine had already billed for more goals than games played for three consecutive seasons: 34 goals in 31 games in 2019-2020, 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 scrutinized very closely to find out whether or not the striker has really done well to change teams during the summer. “I would like Bayern and the public to receive it with gratitudementioned 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. Besides, he arrived 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 look for themselves tactically with the absence of a real size at the center forward position.
Against Inter, Sadio Mané started. Bayern won, but the Senegalese did not score. Quite the opposite of Barça whose tenure of Lewandowski has been essential to the Catalan victory since the start of the season. In the Bundesliga, the Munich people are looking for a good cruising speed with three consecutive draws and a third place in the standings after six days. 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. In Barcelona, this leads to a small revolution, because the big guys were no longer at the party since the failure Ibrahimović. “It’s not just the goalsexplained Xavi after the big victory for Barcelona 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 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’s a wonder 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 partners with the desire to improve his individual statistics in the duels between Bayern and FC Barcelona in C1, where the striker has 4 goals and 2 assists in 5 meetings. “I can’t wait to see Lewandowskievoked Julian Nagelsmann after the success of his team 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 week-end against Stuttgart (2-2)the German coach fine-tuned his strategy while Barça stuck four pawns in Cadiz. “Everyone wants to play Tuesday against Barcelona and ideally win this game at homehe said at a press conference. If someone puts the handbrake against Stuttgart, then he can put the handbrake against Barça. » For his part, Lewandowski has instead planned to continue to climb the towers.
By Antoine Donnarieix