FC Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski returned from the March international break with an injury. After featuring for the Polish national team in its recent international fixtures, Lewandowski made an early return to Bayern due to a knee injury.
For the moment, Lewandowski will at the least miss next week’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg fixture against Paris Saint-Germain.
Still, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino does not see that the French side will have a key advantage in the first leg because of Lewandowski’s absence.
“I have a good example,” Pochettino exclaimed. “With Tottenham, in the quarterfinal against Manchester City in 2019, Harry Kane gets injured in the first half of the first leg. We play almost an hour and the second leg without him, our most essential striker, like Lewandowski for Bayern. And we qualified.
“Bayern is not only Lewandowski, who is a huge player. But the real strength of Bayern is the group, the team. This club has a huge strength.
“Bayern is not an easy team, they are the reigning European champions. But there is no need to have an inferiority complex. We will go to Munich with respect, but with the objective of qualifying for the semi-finals.”
Lewandowski is currently the leading goal-scorer in Bundesliga play with 35 goals. With Lewandowski out for this matchup, other Bayern players will surely have to step up in his absence. And for PSG, the side will still aim to contain the rest of Bayern’s high-octane attacking unit over the first leg of the tie.
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