Robert Lewandowski: Talk again, but do not complain anymore

Robert Lewandowski: Talk again, but do not complain anymore

Dhe great expert for the German "Clásico" is a Pole. When in April 2012 for the last time the German championship on the final stretch was still completely open, it was his nimble heel that decided everything. With his back to the goal, he steered the ball past the baffled Manuel Neuer to a 1-0 victory for Borussia Dortmund, which would have given the defeat in the standings on that 30th game day to Bayern. And at the latest when he completed the double with three goals in the cup final against Bayern a month later, everyone had to know that Robert Lewandowski would be on top of the Munich wish list from then on.

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Since the wish came true in 2014, Lewandowski has scored 164 goals in 210 games for Bayern, a ratio that only Gerd Müller once excelled. Rarely, however, did the Bavarians seem as dependent on him as they are right now. With weeks of stuttering attack and shaky defense they come to Dortmund this Saturday – and face the big duel for the first time since that day when Lewandowski's heel struck her, not in the table before the eternal rival.

After the 2-0 victory against AEK Athens on Wednesday, in which he scored both goals, Lewandowski commented for the first time in months to the press. "At the end of last season and at the beginning of this season, I heard a lot of rumors and nonsense about myself. That was the moment when I did not want to say anything anymore, but wanted to focus on football and score goals on the pitch, "he explained his silence. For his old team, he had a praise: "Borussia Dortmund is in great shape, they also play great." For his today also: "But we can also play well. We have class players. "

What is amazing about the utterances is the positive tone. By the end of the penultimate season, Lewandowski had lamented lack of support from the team and coaches in the fight for the top scorer and revealing desires to seize, without success. Last season, he missed appreciating the club's leadership and hired a top-transfer specialized advisor with the goal of moving to an even bigger club despite the contract that would run until 2021; also in vain. Even in the national team was a grumbling Lewandowski standard. When he played a disappointing World Cup after scoring 16 goals in qualifying in the summer, he complained about the quality of his Polish minions. And when he challenged tactics in October after beating Italy 1-0 in his sixth consecutive international game without a goal, coach Jerzy Brzeczek countered that players should "not seek out excuses for their performance".


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