Bayern Munich played a match of football today, which meant Robert Lewandowski scored; it’s as synonymous as synonymous gets. The Polish ace’s brace helped fire Julian Nagelsmann’s side to an impressive 3-0 win against Barcelona to start off their Champions League campaign with a bang. Thomas Muller provided the opener for Bayern in the 34th minute, paving the way for Lewandowski’s two goals in the second half (56’, 85’) in what was a thoroughly dominant display where Bayern held Ronald Koeman’s side to zero shots on target.
Getting carried away is one thing, but Bayern was clearly the better side on the night, and speaking after the match, Lewandowski stressed that his side have every right to be pleased with the result (Tz). “We have to be satisfied after a game like this. We won 3-0 at Camp Nou. We had the game under control and showed calm on the ball – it was a great performance by everyone,” he stressed.
While it wasn’t a 100%, sold out capacity in the Catalans, it was still a positive experience for Lewandowski to be able to hear the Champions League anthem with fans present before kickoff. “It’s always nice to be on the field with a song (UCL anthem) like this and that the fans are there too – that was a great feeling. You can say it was a perfect day,” he said. It certainly won’t make up for not being able to celebrate the title in Lisbon, Portugal without fans last summer, but it’s a night Bayern definitely won’t forget with how dominant they were.
Personally, Lewandowski has picked up this season right where he left off last season. His brace against Barcelona takes him to 10 goals on the season across all competitions. When he was asked about his remarkable scoring records, he remained completely humble and said that it will be a relief to be able to stay in Munich until next Friday, when they take on SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga. “I always try to show my best. We were on the road a lot now because we were with the national teams. Now we are happy that we can stay in Munich for a few days,” he said.
Muller celebrated his birthday yesterday, for which Lewandowski said the team did serenade him with a rendition of happy birthday. While Muller surely appreciated the birthday wishes from his teammates, his real present came with his goal against Barcelona, which Lewandowski reiterated was an important goal in the match. “We sang Happy Birthday yesterday, but today he gave himself a present. It was an important goal. It gave us confidence. But we also played really well defensively, Barca had no chance at all,” he explained.