When Bayern Munich faced FC Barcelona and Inter Milan in the group stage of the Champions League earlier this season, club CEO Oliver Kahn burst out with a wry smile. Did he know? He must have that, right?
Robert Lewandowski left Bayern to look for a new challenge elsewhere. Now he faces the biggest challenge of his career: trying to find relevance while playing in the Europa League. The Catalans have just one win in their pool so far and are in 3rd place with just two games to go.
Barca are not yet completely doomed. Inter Milan need another win against Viktoria Plzen to secure their spot in the knockouts. However, as the Nerazzurri get the early kick-off this Wednesday, the Catalans could reduce their game against Bayern at Camp Nou to a dead rubber before kicking a ball.
Nevertheless, Leon Goretzka is looking forward to it. Speaking to Sky ahead of the mid-week Champions League clash, the Bayern midfielder was honest with his assessment:
Leon Goretzka on the game against Barcelona: “If we play against FC Barcelona in Camp Nou, whether it is a friendly match or a Champions League final, it doesn’t matter. It will be a great game that we are looking forward to and we will do everything in your power to win it.” [Sky] pic.twitter.com/WiVhOFMdu2
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) October 23, 2022
However, that’s not the quote you’re here for. When asked whether Lewandowski might fall into the Europa League, Goretzka did not respond.
“Lewy was very spoiled at Bayern and always went through at least to the Round of 16,” said the #8. “But it is what it is — now we can’t take that into account anymore.”
If Inter don’t win against Plzen in the early game on Wednesday, you can be sure that Barcelona will come to Bayern with everything they have. In a complicated qualifying scenario, they NEED a win at Camp Nou to keep hopes alive. Lewandowski himself will crave a goal against his former team, to dispel the myth that he cannot score in big games. That’s what it will come down to, right?
According to Goretzka, Bayern will be ready to meet them. We will see.
If the Lewandowski lecture interests you, why not watch a recent episode of our podcast? We discussed whether he regrets leaving Bayern Munich and the effect on his legacy (sandwiched between a review of Freiburg and a preview of Augsburg). Listen below or on Spotify.
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