That’s how important Robert Lewandowski is

An the day before what is probably his most important game as Bayern Munich coach, Julian Nagelsmann is over Robert Lewandowski spoken. “If you have Lewy in the team, who has this goal threat, then it is always advisable to give him a lot of balls because he can score a lot of goals,” he said in the press conference before the second leg in the Champions League round of 16 against RB Salzburg – and immediately addressed the first leg (final result: 1:1), when his striker had “a lot of space” but got “too few balls”.

“That,” said Nagelsmann, “we discussed, we also trained.” And anyone who heard the coach’s words and then saw the striker’s actions had to realize, even for the most demanding competition in football: sometimes it’s apparently enough for Robert Lewandowski to get a lot of balls to give because he can score a lot of goals.

On Tuesday evening Lewandowski, the world footballer, has the 1-0, 2-0 and 3-0 for the between the 12th and the 23rd minute FC Bayern shot – and so the 7:1 victory over Salzburg initiated. That was enough to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. But that wasn’t enough to be able to give a serious answer to the following question for the next round, which will be drawn on March 18th: How do you classify such a victory?

“It is important that our form continues to improve in this important phase,” said Lewandowski. As much as against Salzburg was not at stake for them this season. And the striker set the standard. He was fouled twice in the penalty area in nine minutes. The result: penalty, hit, penalty, hit. Transformed by himself. He then earned his third goal because he had the ball, the Thomas Müller had presented for him, followed with zeal – and won the pressing shot against Salzburg goalkeeper Philipp Köhn.

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