One could wonder if the 34-year-old will be able to adapt quickly enough to the new country, the new climate, the new league after several years in Germany. Will it shine in Barcelona as it did in Bayern? Lewandowski quickly proved that such considerations were pointless. He is the leader of the LaLiga scorers and a co-leader in the Champions League. In addition, in the league, only four players have more assists than him. The numbers say it all.
And they told everything about the captain’s performance against the Netherlands on Thursday. We have not watched Lewandowski so frustrated, so angry for a very long time, although he scored the last goal at PGE Narodowy on September 2, 2021. 386 days have passed.
“Left” in Barcelona? Eight matches, 11 goals, two assists. 38 shots, including 22 on target, so an average of over three shots per game, including two on target. Five successful dribbles out of 14 attempts, i.e. on average at least once in each match, the former Munich ace decided to enter the duel.
“Left” in the squad against the Netherlands? These statistics are hard to believe. He tried to dribble three times due to the inability to communicate with his friends and the desire to push the game forward. It only worked once. This does not raise vigilance yet. 37 contacts with the ball? He had one more with Elche, but “made” two of them. For these, however, arrows are needed. It’s worst here.
One of the best footballers in the world and the best scorer in the history of the Polish team, he did not even hit. Not once, on target or inaccurate. More than once he took the burden of the game on his shoulders, incl. at our last big tournament, where he scored against Sweden “out of thin air” – from a position where most of the snipers would still be waiting for their colleagues, surrounded by two rivals. This time there was no decisiveness, no pressure. Perhaps the courage to try to do something unconventional, and that was allowed by, for example, Piotr Zieliński.
Lewandowski with the Netherlands once caught offside, lost possession once and even lost defensive dribble once. It is hard to suppose that a similar scenario in Sunday’s clash with Wales is even possible. Especially since the captain himself has proven more than once how failures drive him. May they drive this time as well. The match against Oranje, where Zieliński sparkled at times, but we didn’t even score a goal, showed clearly who depends the most.
His eyesight deteriorated overnight. First in one eye. Activities in the hall, a ball hit in the face and Michał Globisz was in the hospital. Later, visibility in the other eye faded. Nevertheless, the deserved youth coach and educator can still be found in the stands of the stadium in Gdynia – he comes to the matches and his friends tell him what is happening on the pitch. In “X-ray”, the guardian of the gold medalists of the European Championships from years ago talks about learning a new life and setting the head at such an angle that the number of an oncoming trolleybus can be seen at the stop.
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