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55 goals hard to match as Lewandowski expects more rotation
Robert Lewandowski was briefly flummoxed by the question. Who does he rate as the best strikers in world football? “It’s 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 ever-evolving footballing formations. But even for Lewandowski, the role of central striker has changed from just being a goal scorer in the area.
Robert Lewandowski (32) was named European Footballer of the Year for the first time on Thursday. The Pole looked visibly relaxed after the award.
Hansi Flick, himself voted Europe's coach of the year, wanted to make one thing clear after the UEFA awards on Thursday evening. He sees "currently no player who deserves to be elected world footballer more". What was meant, of course, was Lewandowski, who was significantly involved in the Bayern triple with his goals and, unsurprisingly, was able to put on Europe's crown in front of Kevin De Bruyne and teammate Manuel Neuer. For Bayern President Herbert Hainer, "Lewy" is one of the "most important players in the club's history".
Lionel Messi lashes out at Barcelona for selling Luis Suárez
BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi criticized the exit of teammate and good friend Luis Suárez on Friday, dealing another blow to the damaged relationship between the Argentine and Barcelona’s leadership. Messi posted a photo of himself with Suárez on Instagram with a message expressing his sadness for his friend’s departure and his anger at how the club transferred him to Atlético Madrid. “It is going to be so strange seeing you in another shirt, and even stranger to have to play against you,” Messi wrote.
After years as a hunter, Bayern will enter the race as the hunted in the new Champions League season, in which Atletico Madrid and RB Salzburg are waiting in the group stage. "We know that we are now at the top. Everyone wants to beat us next season," said Lewandowski: "We have to be ready for that. It will be a bigger challenge than last year."
doesn't worry the Bayern striker, after all, it is "the secret" of the current team to stay "hungry" - five titles in 2020 speak for this thesis. According to Lewandowski, the young Munich team still has "huge potential".
At the press conference, the 112-time Polish national player (61 goals) also looked back on the previous Champions League season. He described his four goals against Red Star Belgrade in the group stage and the clear victories against Tottenham, Barcelona and Chelsea as "very special moments". The "taste" of winning a final is unsurpassed.
Bayern Munich's Zirkzee conundrum: Loan or keep youngster?
The experiment to start the teenager was ditched before the hour, leaving Hansi Flick with a decision to make over the striker’s immediate futureIn a sense, that question will likely be on the lips of anyone who couldn’t catch the match, given just how dominant the Bavarians have been since the turn of the year. FC Hollywood’s thrashing was their first loss since Borussia Monchengladbach beat them 2-1 in early December. Their last loss of any kind came in a 5-2 friendly defeat at the hands of Nurnberg on January 11.
How CR7 to the European title? "Stay realistic"
Questions about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo quickly arose. CR7 was able to win the European Championship 2016 with Portugal, Messi is still thinking about not having won a title with the Argentine national team. So "Lewy" with Poland in 2021? "We have to stay realistic," said the Munich Torgarant: "We don't think about winning the European Championship. Whenever our fans are proud of us, it's a success for us."
Lewandowski was also asked whether he had not given up hope of this individual award at some point - especially in view of the dominance of Messi and Ronaldo in this area. The Bayern striker knew how difficult it would be, but never buried his dream. "I am extremely proud that I made it in the Ronaldo-Messi era." A hint for the world footballer's choice? "If you're at the top, you want to stay up there."
Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19 .
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the latest international soccer star to test positive for the coronavirus. The Portuguese soccer federation said Tuesday that Ronaldo was doing well and had no symptoms after he tested positive while with his country's national team. He was in isolation and was dropped from the country’s Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday in Lisbon. “Ronaldo is doing great. He is dealing very well with this,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “He is asymptomatic, he has no problems. He doesn't even know how this happened to him.