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.
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".
The biggest reason for the complaint, however, Lewandowski would this fall, in the face of weeks without contour attacking the Bayern, the breakthroughs are missing on the outside with the center forward as the end user. The only goal, which reached him in the Bundesliga from the wing, came from Wolfsburg William, who had overlooked the creeping Poland. Under the shrinking quantity and quality of the Zuspiele the quota of the Torjägers has suffered. If he hit almost every fourth shot last season, now only one in six is; even though he was allowed to shoot two of his five league goals from the penalty spot. Also, the frequency of his degrees decreased significantly – in the last season every 17 minutes, now only every 25th
The "most professional player"?
But one hears no more word of complaint from the mouth of the thirty-year-old. Which definitely fits Lewandowski. When the fronts are clear, he adapts to them. Already in Dortmund he never showed the feigned loyalty of the coat of arms kisser, but the cool, but honest attitude of the highly paid migrant worker who gives the maximum for the current employer until a better one finds. The clubs know that they are usually better served with this clinical grade professional than with the feel-good professional for the curve. BVB sports director Michael Zorc said he knows of no other player who could hide outside influences as Lewandowski. And Pep Guardiola spoke after two years in Bavaria, the "most professional player" he has ever met.
On the Säbener Straße, there is a rave internally about the impeccable attitude of the Pole, who has been spraying with enthusiasm for a long time with the club bosses. And despite their iron rejection of a transfer, about which he, as he said a Polish magazine, but had no illusions anyway: "I knew that the answer, no matter what offer, will be called: no, no and no. "
The Bavarians need him, especially against Borussia Dortmund. In eight games with the old club, he scored ten goals, three alone in 6-0 in March. As an additional motivation he gets to deal with one of his two new challengers, the Spaniard Paco Alcácer, who scored seven goals in a few part-time work for Borussia Dortmund. The other speed shooter is the young compatriot Krysztof Piatek, who moved in the summer for only 4.5 million euros from Cracovia Krakow to CFC Genoa 1893 and broke all starting records in Italy with thirteen goals from the first eight league and cup games. As the leader of Serie A scorers, he is already known as the "new Lewandowski".
Even with words Piatek already hits the mark, for example with a phrase that could serve as an embroidered life motto on the living room wall of any lucky goalscorer: "The ball is looking for me." At some point he finds again the old Lewandowski.