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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby #12 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:12 pm

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Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski: 'I am not sure the winner will be champions'
Robert Lewandowski is one of the world's most prolific footballers. Ahead of the Bundesliga showdown between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the Polish striker spoke to DW about quality, pressure and big games.Only four players have scored more goals in the Bundesliga than Robert Lewandowski. While the Polish striker is unlikely to reach the giddy heights of Gerd Müller's 365 goals, he only needs one more to join the top four's 200-goal club. It would be a remarkable feat, and one secured in considerably fewer games as well.

This season, Lewandowski's remarkable scoring streak has continued. Having already reached 19 goals in the league this season, Lewandowski has scored at least 17 goals in eight straight seasons. His first season at Dortmund, when he scored just eight, remains the only time he has failed to reach double-digits in his 12 Bundesliga campaigns. The case for him being the best number nine in the world is compelling."It is important for every striker and you need this feeling in your DNA," Lewandowski told DW, referring to a striker's goal-scoring instinct.

And since 2011, few have done it better than the Pole. In three of the last five seasons he has been the Bundesliga's top scorer. Part of the reason for that is his commitment to improving even when he's at the top, and that extends beyond just improving his movement, his weaker foot or his aerial ability.

"If you think you are the best in world, you are finished. You have to constantly strive to be better," he said.

"When I look at football now and 20 or 30 years ago, it has grown. Football is not only about the ball, it is also what you do in training, in the gym, because people want more all the time."

In truth, it is Borussia Dortmund's unexpected surge and not Lewandowski's inability to score even more goals that has blown open the title race with seven games to go. Just two points separate Germany's top two clubs ahead of their second meeting, and if the first one is anything to go by the Bundesliga is due another fantastic fixture. Lewandowski doesn't believe it will be decisive in the title race though."I am not sure the winner will become champions. I don't think so. Okay, the winner will take a big step, but one step will not be enough. We still have a lot of games until the end of the season and I think the winner will have to take two steps," Lewandowski said.

Special player full of special moments

Nothing about Lewandowski's talent is by chance, not even the remarkable moments. Four goals for Dortmund against Real Madrid back in the first leg of the 2013 Champions League semifinal was one his most brilliant nights – and a game he admits changed him as a player. The five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg though was a moment genuinely befitting of the word unbelievable.

"I never knew that something like that could happen," Lewandowski said looking back on that afternoon in September 2015. "I didn't realize it had only been nine minutes. I scored one, then a second and a third. Okay. Then came the next one and the next one, but I remember that I could have scored one more, because we had another very dangerous situation. I think normally I have to convert this chance, but maybe someone wanted me to score five in nine minutes."

Perhaps it's the striker's instinct that makes him so special to watch, something that he feels might be missing in Germany.

"Imagine a cloakroom with so many players from so many countries. You can see what the culture in Italy, Spain, Brazil or Poland looks like. You can see the differences. Such spontaneity in Germany is sometimes unimaginable. If a German is surprised, they don't know how to behave. That's the difference between order that is sometimes too great, and spontaneity, which sometimes brings with it something cool, a chance to be creative."Lewandowski certainly doesn't lack creativity. His was an outstanding example of instinct from the striker, but the game ended in a draw and the cloud of criticism surrounding Lewandowski has returned. The striker might have scored one, but he could and perhaps should have scored more. In truth, his failure to score in the two legs of Bayern Munich's Champions League tie against Liverpool, a blank that left the Pole without a goal in his last seven Champions League knockout games, is a bigger concern. A murmur emerged that the 30-year-old isn't a big game player.

Not free of criticism

"Everything is about last season," Lewandowski says. "Because last season I didn't score in the quarterfinal and the semifinal because of my injury – because I was playing through pain for eight months. But when you see the season before and the five seasons before that, I scored a minimum of one goal in every quarterfinal and semifinal. This is the difference. People sometimes see what happened yesterday not what has happened in the long run."I have experienced this over so many years and have grown a thicker skin, and it gets thicker and thicker. I have learned how to deal and live with it... Sometimes it hurts but you have to handle it," Lewandowski said.

He is right, but only partially. The season before last he scored in the three knockout games he played in, but otherwise his form is relatively patchy in knockout matches. In his career, Lewandowski has scored 19 in 33 Champions League knockout games. Include the group stages and that tally jumps to 53 goals in 80 games.

Big games domestically have been sparse in the last few seasons, but in Borussia Dortmund Lewandowski faces a familiar foe that is posing a challenge to Bayern again – at least across 90 minutes. Having scored both of Bayern's goals in the 3-2 defeat earlier in the season, and having totaled 12 in 9 Bundesliga games against his former side, it seems almost fated that Lewandowski will find the scoresheet again on Matchday 28. Inspired by the special Thierry Henry and the classy Alessandro Del Piero, Lewandowski has become a great in his own right. Against Dortmund he has another chance to show just how great he is.


Goal-scoring instinct? More like keeper hitting instinct...
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby Bentonomo » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:00 pm

keeper chest hitting instinct
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby #12 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:30 pm

Like a pussy in the tap in, like a king on the hard one...

Outstanding goal
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby Fénix » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:38 pm

Fantastic idea, goalski mode, awesome goal! Out of question! Hats off Robert! =D>

Put another 2 in another 45 minutes. :thumbup:
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby MUTU » Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:37 pm

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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby bastos80 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:16 pm

Games: 39
Goals: 35
Assists: 14
Sané ---- Lewandowski ---- Gnabry
Davies - Thiago - Kimmich - Dest
Hernández -- Alaba -- Upamecano
--------------- Neuer ----------------
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby Achilles » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:10 pm

He'll get his 40 goals again even with this crap service! Unbelievable numbers!

I'm telling you this guy just needs a consistent speed demon winger and a decent guy who can put a decent vertical pass, then he'll explode for real, he hasn't been treated/feed like all the other CF of other big teams. In the Robbery-Gomez era he'd hit 60 goals!
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby zozon » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:33 pm

Achilles wrote:He'll get his 40 goals again even with this crap service! Unbelievable numbers!

I'm telling you this guy just needs a consistent speed demon winger and a decent guy who can put a decent vertical pass, then he'll explode for real, he hasn't been treated/feed like all the other CF of other big teams. In the Robbery-Gomez era he'd hit 60 goals!


Agreed totally. He just missed the Robbery era.
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby Manchu » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:58 am

Achilles wrote:He'll get his 40 goals again even with this crap service! Unbelievable numbers!

I'm telling you this guy just needs a consistent speed demon winger and a decent guy who can put a decent vertical pass, then he'll explode for real, he hasn't been treated/feed like all the other CF of other big teams. In the Robbery-Gomez era he'd hit 60 goals!

I don't where the idea that Lewandowski has received "crap" service this season comes from. He's currently at 1.31 NPxG90+xA90(and 1.01 NPxG90) this season, the second best(behind Messi) of any player who played at least 500 minutes in top 5 leagues this season; this is Lewandowski's best season with us by that metric. More particularly, since our turnaround in late November after our draw against Fortuna Dusseldorf, he's got 1.51 NpxG90+xA90(and 1.22 xG90), the most of any player in the top 5 leagues who played at least 400 minutes over that period.* Given that Lewandowski is not the sort of player who picks up the ball from the defense and then dribbles it 90 yards through 10 defenders to score, this suggests that he is in fact generally receiving good service, and indeed Gnabry and Muller, not to mention James, have been statistically excellent during this period.

That's not to say Lewandowski gets excellent service every single game. In fact, he makes a point of complaining about how little support and service he gets in every game Muller doesn't start. Moreover, the service he receives might be better if we added one or more WC players. Even though Coman hasn't played poorly this year, Lewandowski would probably receive more support if we started Hazard instead of him.

Still, it's hard to think of another striker in Europe who has received better service than Lewandowski this season, and I have my doubts whether adding a vintage(i.e. incredibly selfish) Robben would do much to improve Lewandowski's service.

Of course, I do agree that Lewandowski has been simply superb this season, but that's another story.

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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby Bentonomo » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:28 pm

he likes to critice others but cant score in champions
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby Bavarian_Kielbasa » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:25 pm

Bentonomo wrote:he likes to critice others but cant score in champions

Surrounded by mediocrity. While Suarez has Messi and Benzema had Ronaldo. Even Cavani has Neymar. We give him Coman.
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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby Bentonomo » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:39 pm

Bavarian_Kielbasa wrote:
Bentonomo wrote:he likes to critice others but cant score in champions

Surrounded by mediocrity. While Suarez has Messi and Benzema had Ronaldo. Even Cavani has Neymar. We give him Coman.


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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby wholagun » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:08 pm

Watch what happens when Lewandowski appears...



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Re: Robert Lewandowski

Postby longeleven » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:03 am

Manchu wrote:
Achilles wrote:He'll get his 40 goals again even with this crap service! Unbelievable numbers!

I'm telling you this guy just needs a consistent speed demon winger and a decent guy who can put a decent vertical pass, then he'll explode for real, he hasn't been treated/feed like all the other CF of other big teams. In the Robbery-Gomez era he'd hit 60 goals!

I don't where the idea that Lewandowski has received "crap" service this season comes from. He's currently at 1.31 NPxG90+xA90(and 1.01 NPxG90) this season, the second best(behind Messi) of any player who played at least 500 minutes in top 5 leagues this season; this is Lewandowski's best season with us by that metric. More particularly, since our turnaround in late November after our draw against Fortuna Dusseldorf, he's got 1.51 NpxG90+xA90(and 1.22 xG90), the most of any player in the top 5 leagues who played at least 400 minutes over that period.* Given that Lewandowski is not the sort of player who picks up the ball from the defense and then dribbles it 90 yards through 10 defenders to score, this suggests that he is in fact generally receiving good service, and indeed Gnabry and Muller, not to mention James, have been statistically excellent during this period.

That's not to say Lewandowski gets excellent service every single game. In fact, he makes a point of complaining about how little support and service he gets in every game Muller doesn't start. Moreover, the service he receives might be better if we added one or more WC players. Even though Coman hasn't played poorly this year, Lewandowski would probably receive more support if we started Hazard instead of him.

Still, it's hard to think of another striker in Europe who has received better service than Lewandowski this season, and I have my doubts whether adding a vintage(i.e. incredibly selfish) Robben would do much to improve Lewandowski's service.

Of course, I do agree that Lewandowski has been simply superb this season, but that's another story.

*All stats taken from Understat


here some stats for your post sir,

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this season, 2018-2019, Lewandowski's conversion rate from chance to goal is lower than Alcacer, Poulsen, Havertz, Haller, Kramaric, Rebic, Ibisevic, Gnabry, Kruse, Petersen, Jovic, Brandt...
If he had 75% of Alcacer, with 47 big chances he got, Lewandowski would scores 35 goals (without penalty) in this season alone. :mrgreen:
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