Leon Goretzka was stunned to see Robert Lewandowski’s star performance in the Champions League match against Chelsea on Saturday despite the Bayern Munich striker’s relaxed attitude in training.
After scoring one and setting up two goals in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge in February, Lewandowski netted twice and set up another two in the return fixture on Saturday as Bayern strolled to a 7-1 aggregate win over the Blues.
But Goretzka could not believe the way Lewandowski played at Stamford Bridge because in the training he was not serious as before and did not break enough sweat.
“He’s actually a phenomenon,” Goretzka told Sport1.
“When I saw how he trained last week, I thought to myself: ‘Should I talk to him about why he’s not running?’ But he only said: ‘Keep calm! Saturday is important.’
“[Winning the treble] is our goal in the end, but it’s a very special competition. It has a bit of the character of a European Championship or World Cup. But we’re really hot and looking forward to the trip”.
When a player is that much confident then one must realize that he is playing at a different level where only the best can reach. Right now, Lewandowski is the best goal-scorer in Europe and the numbers back his abilities as well.
Recently, Lewandowski recently saw Ciro Immobile overtake him in the list of Europe’s top scorers as the Lazio striker won the European Golden Boot.
However, their numbers are a bit misleading as although Immobile netted 36 goals compared to Lewandowski’s 34, he did so in 37 games compared to his counterpart’s 31 matches.
The Pole’s 1.09 goal-per-game ratio betters the Italian’s 0.97, while it should be noted that Serie A has 20 teams and the Bundesliga has 18, which means that there are four games fewer.
Meanwhile, Lewandowski is averaging 1.85 goals per match this season in Europe, which is simply spectacular.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo netted as many as 17 times in the glorious season of 2013-14, while the Lewandowski has mustered 13 goals this season already and he needs to strike five more times to overtake Ronaldo.
But this time around, Lewandowski would not have the opportunity of playing a two-legged quarterfinal because the season had been hampered by COVID-19 Pandemic.
Surely, Lewandowski will be this season’s top scorer, followed by Erling Haaland with 10, while Memphis Depay and Gabriel Jesus have managed six apiece.
Cristiano has registered the three top-scoring seasons in the Champions League, with 17 goals in 2013- 14, 16 in 2015-16, and 15 in 2017-18.
Lewandowski currently sits fifth in the list behind Lionel Messi, who scored 14 times in 2011-12.
Alongside Kevin de Bruyne, Lewandowski is the best player of this season and if Neymar keeps his composure right, he can share the platform with them.
It’s a pity that the Ballon d’Or would not take place this year.
France Football needs to rethink about the award.