Lewandowski dries up against Bayern | Sports | The USA Print


There is a lot of literature on the streaks of the scorers in football: that if they come and go, that they appear as if they vanish, that once bad luck breaks they all arrive together, that if potato, that if potato. The truth is that Lewandowski has landed in Barcelona with a bag of goals (nine in the first six games) and was left speechless in the seventh. Nothing unusual in a gunner. The problem is that he did it in the least desired place by Barcelona and, above all, by him: the Allianz. The forward dried up in his old house. And that he tried. But when he didn’t miss his aim, Neuer’s hands appeared. Lewandowski did not take advantage of his moment, but Bayern did, who once again left Barça with nothing, now with the Pole in their ranks.



Neuer, Alphonso Davies, Lucas, Dayotchanculle Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard (Noussair Mazraoui, min. 20), Jamal Musiala (Ryan Gravenberch, min. 79), M. Sabitzer (Leon Goretzka, min. 45), Mane (Gnabry, min. 69), Joshua Kimmich, Sane (Mathys Tel, min. 79) and Müller



Ter Stegen, Koundé, Ronald Araújo, Marcos Alonso, A. Christensen (Eric Garcia, min. 69), Busquets (Kessié Franck, min. 79), Pedri, Gavi (Frenkie De Jong, min. 60), Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembélé (Ansu Fati, min. 79) and Raphinha (Ferrán Torres, min. 60)

goals 1-0 min. 49: Luke. 2-0 min. 53: Heal.

Referee Danny Makkelie

Yellow cards M. Sabitzer (min. 18), Busquets (min. 47) and Joshua Kimmich (min. 73)

Lewandowski disappeared from official Bayern stores. “He’s not here anymore, is he? Why are we going to sell shirts of a Barcelona player?” Asks a worker at the official store of the German giant in the old town of Munich. The Pole, in any case, did not disappear from the streets. “I’m not going to give my shirt away. He spent eight years here and scored a lot of goals. He decided to go. No problem. This is Bayern”, exposes a fan, who wears the now old Lewandowski 9 on the Bayern shirt, around the Allianz Arena.

Already inside the stadium remains the trace of 9. And for those strange things about football, on the giant poster of the Pole, in the bowels of the Bayern house, he appears with the shirt of the 2014-2015 season, his debut in Bavaria, when Bayern’s first kit wore the same colors as Barcelona’s. “We are not going to remove it. We have a lot of former players around here,” says a Bayern employee. Neither forgetfulness nor indifference. Neither excessive displays of affection, nor anger. The same when Lewandowski jumped onto the grass.

The south stand -the least active in the Allianz- timidly applauded the Pole at the moment in which Barça jumped to warm up. At that time, the skeleton of the Bayern stadium was still visible. But when the speaker sang the name of the Pole, then without holes in the stands, the fans were divided: some applauded; others, the fewest, blew; most did the same. Lewandowski, in any case, had the affection of his former teammates. “I have a good relationship with Lewy, but he was especially on the pitch. Apart from playing golf, we haven’t done much in private. We had WhatsApp contact after he moved in and yes, things got hot after the draw. Soccer players are no different from other people,” Müller said in the preview.

Lewandowski misses the locker room more than the coaching staff. Nagelsmann did not lift a finger to retain his striker in Germany. On the contrary. The leaders of the group observed without saying anything the distrust of the coach with the scorer, but they did become active when they felt singled out after Bayern’s three straight draws in the Bundesliga. According to Kickers the heavyweights in the locker room didn’t like their coach’s attitude at all. But to calm things down in Bavaria there was Barça, with or without Lewandowski, a piece of candy for Bayern.

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