Created on 13-01-2015 at 12:00 PM
It’s not usually good form to help the opposition, but we will make an exception in the case of Robert Lewandowski. What’s the best way to stop him scoring? Well... perhaps opponents should tempt him with sweets a long way from goal, as that could have distracted the striker a couple of years ago. He found it hard to resist temptation back then as he admitted in an interview with FCB.tv.
That all changed a while ago. “Sometimes I felt a bit tired and the question was: Why?” said the 26-year-old, explaining his change in diet. “My wife said to me: try to eat fewer sweets and drink less milk. And now I do feel better. It’s a small thing but it can have a big effect.”
Lewandowski now wears the FC Bayern shirt. He made 24 competitive appearances in his first six months at FCB and found the back of the net ten times along the way. He has also provided seven assists. “I’m not the sort of striker who wants to hang around in the box and just score goals. I’m happy if I can provide assists and play well,” declared the Pole in his assessment of the campaign to date. However, he also says he has not had “a perfect first half of the season.”
“It was clear to me from the start I’d need the first six months to understand everything. That includes how the team and the coach’s tactics work. That’s normal,” said Lewandowski, “I’m convinced I can further improve in the second half of the season and I hope I’ll be able to score plenty more goals.”
Pep Guardiola is “very happy” with his striker’s performances up to the winter break. And the FCB head coach also pointed out “the first year after a move is not easy.” Every player needs time to adjust, the Spaniard continued. “He has three or four goalscoring opportunities per game - that’s the most important thing. I said to him: No pressure. You have an outstanding ability to score goals.” Guardiola can be certain of one thing: Sweets will definitely no longer put Lewandowski off.