Robert Lewandowski cut a frustrated and a forlorn figure against Liverpool. A man who is seen as Bayern’s star player flattered to deceive against the Anfield outfit. Starved of service from an ultra-defensive Bayern side the Pole was unable to impose himself. He came out in post match press conferences and criticised the defensive set up of the team. Lewandowski is seen as one of the top 10 players in the world. However, a performance like this made me think if he gets too many plaudits?
Lewandowski the star
The forward is in 6th position of all time top scorers in the Champions League with 53 goals in 80 appearances. Lewandowski is also currently the joint leading goalscorer with Lionel Messi for this year’s competition with 8 goals. His record domestically is also fantastic with197 goals in 281 Bundesliga games. His international record is also very impressive with 55 goals in 102 games for Poland. He scored an incredible 16 goals in the qualifying campaign for World Cup 2018 which surely put’s it him up with the elite.The great Pep Guardiola described him as the most “professional” player he has ever worked with. High praise indeed when you consider who the Manchester City manager has worked with. The complete forward announced himself on the world stage with a 4 goal haul in a Champions League semi-final in 2013 against the mighty Real Madrid. A striker who has quick feet, excellent aerial ability and good link up play. He has all the attributes for the perfect centre forward.
Lewandowski the European/international flop
One of the biggest issues with Lewandowski is the fact that he is so dependent on service. Against Liverpool, Bayern’s pragmatic stance led to the Pole unable to get a sniff against top opposition. When this happens he tends to become an isolated figure with little impact on He is seen by many as a player who is unable to create chances for himself. This has been common criticism against him when he has played for Poland. He has scored just 2 goals in three international tournaments for Poland. He was non-existent for Poland at the World Cup in 2018 with little impact. He has stated that he felt he had no chances to score during the tournament in Russia.
Looking at all these factors makes one think that Lewandowski is an elite player with right service. However, without a supporting cast the player struggles to impact in the elite games and therefore some criticism is just.
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