Following his transfer to FC Barcelona, there came the possibility of Robert Lewandowski facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Bayern wound up in the same group as Barcelona and will play him just a few weeks after his transfer saga’s opera, thus UEFA’s generosity is to be credited.
On Tuesday, Bayern Munich will welcome Robert Lewandowski’s Barcelona to the Allianz Arena in an effort to shake themselves out of a slump in their performance in the Bundesliga.
Bayern has drawn three straight games and, despite Wednesday’s impressive 2-0 victory at Inter Milan, sits in the unusual position of third place after six games.
With 31 goals in nine games this season, Bayern has not had much trouble scoring goals, but in recent weeks, they have missed Lewandowski’s penetrating on critical occasions.
Lewandowski’s skills in front of goal are nothing new to Bayern; they have faced him in practice games and are wary of what he is capable of.
“From training, we are aware of Lewy’s goal threat. It’s not as if we haven’t already played him,” remarked Leon Goretzka.
The Bayern players are aware of the challenging task at hand in terms of defensive responsibilities, according to Bild.
Marcel Sabitzer spoke on stopping Lewandowski and the immensely threatening Barcelona side, who thrashed rival Group C outfit Viktoria Plze 5-0.
“We have good defenders. A game like this also demands some dirty work and creative fouls. We’ll find a solution by being efficient.
We’re now allowing fewer goals, so we’re optimistic we can keep another clean sheet,” according to Sabitzer.
Without a doubt, he is a striker of the highest caliber. We anticipate seeing him again. But in this game, he can spare the goals,” the German international said.
Goretzka’s assertion that Bayern know Lewy’s qualities is echoed by Manuel Neuer. “Lewy is well known to all of us, especially via training.
We are aware of his strengths, but he also understands that playing against us is challenging, “the German international said.
Lewandowski has enjoyed a strong start to life in Spain, netting six times in five La Liga appearances for Barcelona to sit in his normal spot atop the goalscoring standings.
With four victories and a draw, Barcelona are unbeaten in the league and sit second behind Real Madrid.
Bayern has a dominant recent record against Barcelona in the Champions League, with two 3-0 victories last season along with an 8-2 quarterfinal thrashing on the way to capturing the 2020 championship.
Although this Barcelona team is stronger than some of the more recent iterations, the six-time European winners are fully aware of this fact.
The team’s performance in the Bundesliga, according to manager Julian Nagelsmann, won’t affect how they prepare for the encounter on Tuesday.
Adding that he hoped fans would welcome Lewandowski back cordially, despite the bitter nature of his departure.