More than a month after it came about, Bayern Munich’s 8-2 win over Barcelona within the Champions League quarterfinals continues to be tough to appreciate.
As just right as eventual winner Bayern was once remaining season, how was once the German titan to position that kind of historical harm on Lionel Messi and his solid of all-world teammates? We didn’t know then simply how unsatisfied Messi was once with the course of the membership that he’s ended in 4 of its six European titles, or simply how dysfunctional the Barcelona boardroom had turn out to be.
Yet no less than one Bayern participant predicted a rout that evening in Lisbon, in keeping with teammate and famous person striker Robert Lewandowski.
“I spoke with one player, and he said to me that we’ll win 5-1,” Lewandowski instructed a bunch of world newshounds Tuesday by the use of convention name from Munich, the place the membership will open the season Friday aiming to win an extraordinary 9th consecutive Bundesliga crown.
That scoreline would’ve been surprising sufficient. Instead, Bayern pummeled Barca to a up to now unattainable stage, scoring 4 function on both sides of halftime.
The fallout from the humiliating defeat continues despite the fact that Messi reluctantly determined to honor the general 12 months of his contract somewhat than power his manner out. But to listen to Lewandowski inform it, Bayern was once merely the simpler workforce.
“During the game, we knew we were the strongest team,” Lewandowski stated. “We were playing better. It doesn’t matter how many goals we already have, we wanted more. For sure that was an amazing game, an amazing evening.”
Afterward, Lewandowski requested a number of extra teammates if he idea they’d cross directly to win all the match. “Five, six players, when I was talking with them, they say yes without [spending] two seconds thinking about it,” he stated.
Bayern went directly to trounce French upstart Lyon 3-Zero within the semis, with the Polish entrance guy sealing the win along with his past due strike. Then Bayern eked previous Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain within the ultimate to protected the membership’s 7th Champions League/European Cup triumph.
Lewandowski touched on numerous different subjects all over the just about 45-minute name. Several of the questions had been concerning the Ballon d’Or award, which he was once some of the favorites to win this season sooner than information broke that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the prize, given every year to the sector’s best participant, would now not be passed out this 12 months.
With many of the best leagues ready to finish their 2019-20 slates this summer time, there have since been calls to opposite route. Lewandowski would like to peer it. “I hope that something changes in a few months,” he stated. “To win the Ballon d’Or for every player is a dream.”
One dream Lewandowski doesn’t have is to play in MLS sooner than he retires. While the highest league within the United States and Canada has considering signing and promoting more youthful avid gamers in recent times — Bayern fullback Alphonso Davies arrived in 2018 from the Vancouver Whitecaps — older stars similar to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney starred in MLS as just lately as remaining season.
“I’m now 32 [years] old so I don’t think so,” Lewandowski, a famous fan of Southern California, stated of probably enjoying stateside in the future. “I need to play 5 – 6 years longer. I don’t know. For certain this is some possibility possibly for the long run.
“I saw a few games in MLS because now we have a few players from Poland in MLS. It’s a very interesting league, but right now I don’t think about this.”
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