Robert Lewandowski has received a warning from Thomas Muller as the two prepare to square battle at Camp Nou.
Bayern Munich have the opportunity to eliminate Barcelona from the Champions League, which would place Robert Lewandowski, their former star player, in the Europa League.
Lewandowski, who had 50 goals in his final season in Germany, left Bayern Munich for Barcelona during the summer.
Although their new number nine entered the match as the competition’s joint-highest scorer, defeat on Wednesday would send Barca to the Europa League instead of helping them become Champions League contenders.
Bayern has won all four games and is already guaranteed a spot in the round of 16. Though Muller has intimated that they won’t be easy to beat, their rivals cannot anticipate that.
In a video posted on social media, Muller said, “Lewy, we’re coming.” In the video, the German international is seen joking around with a few of his colleagues before the match in Catalunya.
In his debut Champions League match for Barcelona back in September, Lewandowski grabbed a hat-trick to help his new team defeat Viktoria Plzen 5-1 at home.
He subsequently failed to score in away losses to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, which caused Xavi’s squad to lose ground.
The 34-year-old was only good for a draw against Inter at home. As a result, even if Barca defeats Bayern, Inter’s victory over Plzen at home would be enough to eliminate the LaLiga team.
“You know me, and I’m confident. The terrible part is that we don’t rely on ourselves.” Xavi told Marca.
“You lose your optimism when you rely on others instead of yourself. Although the situation is uncomfortable, we must nevertheless compete and succeed. We may not feel optimistic, but that is perfectly normal and understandable.
In general, I get the impression that we had things under control and that they are no longer in our hands. Therefore, these are our errors.”
Barcelona was likewise eliminated from the tournament in the group stages the previous year, despite Xavi just taking charge midway through the season.
In six games, they managed just two goals, and the loss against Bayern in the last group game—in which Muller scored the first goal—was the game that sealed their fate.
Even while the situation in Europe appears uneasy, the Catalan club has at least seen more encouraging developments in the league.
After they and Real Madrid were separated at the top by a huge 13 points in the 2021–22 season, they remained in touch with Real Madrid thanks to a 4-0 win against Athletic Bilbao over the weekend.