Lewandowski against Messi: duel of exceptional talent

In the round of 16 of the Champions League, Robert Lewandowski impressively removed a flaw that had long stuck with him. Bavaria’s well-oiled goal machine is ready for the showdown against Lionel Messi like never before.

Template, template, gate, gate, template, template, gate. What for some offensive players is the profit of a whole season, for Robert Lewandowski is the record from the two round of 16 games against Chelsea. The Polish superstar was directly involved in all seven goals against the Blues and confirmed once again that he is in the best phase of his career.

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The 31-year-old has proven his class and qualities many times, but in the current form he even surprises his teammates. “That is quite a phenomenon. During training, I wanted to talk to him about why he wasn’t running. He said, ‘Wait a minute Saturday!’ And then he delivers such a game, ”said Leon Goretzka, impressed on the Sky microphone.

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Matthäus ennobles Lewandowski

Hailed again and again by the experts as one of the most complete strikers, Hansi Flick described him as the “best striker in the world” at the end of November. But only this season has he stepped out of the shadow of the overpowering duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Against Chelsea he finally got rid of the stigma of diving into the big knockout games and not scoring. With 13 goals, he is the top scorer in the Champions League, and neither Ronaldo, who was eliminated with Juventus (four goals), nor Messi (three) can follow him.

In the usual mode with two legs, even Ronaldo’s record of 17 goals would be within reach. And even with the canceled Ballon d’Or, he should have had legitimate hopes for the first time. Now he has the opportunity to show the world in a direct duel that he and not Messi is the “ultimate in world football”, as it is Sky Expert Lothar Matthäus put it.

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Ronaldo record uninteresting for Lewandowski

The hunt for personal awards and records only plays a minor role for Lewandowski.

“That’s not a goal,” he said when asked about the Ronaldo record. Instead, the attacker puts the team idea first: “We have to show as a team that we are better, that we want to go to the semi-finals. It’s just a game and the better team will advance to the semi-finals. “

But it is also clear that big games are decided by big players. Messi undoubtedly belongs to this category – despite a height of only 1.70 meters. For the Catalans, before the duel with the German record champions, all hopes rest again on the superstar, who presented himself in gala form in the 3-1 win against SSC Napoli.

Slight concern for Messi’s calf

Above all, his fantastic solo, when he dribbled around several opponents and circled the ball into the far corner when falling, was a demonstration in its class. “An amazing gate from another planet”, headlined the Spanish sports daily AS. Only his calf is causing some concern. After a foul by Kalidou Koulibaly, he even refrained from taking the next penalty kick due to excessive pain.

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Quique Setien, however, assumes that he can bet on the Argentine against Bayern. “We have to treat him but I don’t think there is a problem,” said the Barca coach. Messi himself is also optimistic. “See you in Lisbon,” he announced on social networks. Nothing should stand in the way of the special duel of the exceptional talent.

The quarter-finals between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern will be live on Friday at 9 p.m. and exclusively on Sky Sport Austria 1 HD!

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(Robin Schmidt / Sky Sport DE)

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