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55 goals hard to match as Lewandowski expects more rotation

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski says he is preparing for his most difficult season.

By: AP | September 18, 2020 12:00:17 pm
Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Duesseldorf, Bayern Munich beat Fortuna Duesseldorf, Robert Lewandowski, Bundesliga 2020, football newsRobert Lewandowski says he is preparing for his most difficult season (Source: Reuters)

Robert Lewandowski was briefly flummoxed by the question, “Who does he rate as the best strikers in world football.”

Its difficult to say exactly because what does it mean the striker the Bayern Munich star wondered If you are speaking about the No 9.

Well in the case of No 9s no one was more prolific last season than Lewandowski with 55 goals in 47 games _ showing the ongoing value of a target man in everevolving footballing formations.

But even for Lewandowski the role of central striker has changed from just being a goal scorer in the area.

You have to do something new he said and to be part of the team also during the game and not only to wait maybe in the box waiting for the ball and finish the situation.

The 32yearold Lewandowskis finishing last season helped Bayern win the Bundesliga German Cup and Champions League Such a significant contribution should have put him in contention for the Ballon DOr as world player of the year but organizer France Football canceled the award due to the disruption caused to the season by the pandemic.

‘To win the Ballon DOr is for every player a dream,’ Lewandowski said on a video call from Munich I think every player who won what we won or scored so many goals that I scored should be in the Ballon DOr yeah and maybe win this Ballon DOr.

Reaching 55 goals again this season which begins for Bayern against Schalke on Friday could be tough for the Poland captain. The late start to the season due to the pandemic has created a congested fixture schedule that means he expects to be rested more often.

“I know that rotation will be very important and Im sure that in my head it will be not that I have to play every single game because playing every three days is difficult for every single player to be fresh and not tired.”

The season should end with Lewandowski playing for Poland at the rescheduled European Championship which starts in June.

“It will maybe be the most difficult season in our lives that we have almost every three days games without a break,” he said Rotation will be very important and to stay fit to stay with the best form.

As for the No 9s ranked as his biggest competitors, Lewandowski singled out Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Chelsea’s Timo Werner.

And they should have Lewandowski as a scoring rival for some years to come.

“I want to play maybe five or six years longer.” he said.

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