Four weeks without a goal machine Robert Lewandowski, without the world footballer!
At a point in the season when it is decided whether it will be a successful one in the end. Whether more trophies will find their way to Säbener Straße in the end.
Will the Bavarians get their problem resolved internally, or will the disaster even become uncontrollable and ultimately even a worst-case scenario?
FC Bayern: Robert Lewandowski – the extraterrestrial
“Lewy’s injury is of course bitter for us and at a very inconvenient time. Others have to step into the breach,” demanded Bayern team-mate Thomas Müller in an Instagram live chat with Mats Hummels on Tuesday evening.
How bad the loss due to a ligament stretch in the right knee weighs for Bayern is already shown by the reaction of Uli Hoeneß, who on Sunday in his function as RTL-Expert admitted that his “heart just stopped” when he saw Lewandowski’s injury in the TV studio.
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In 36 competitive games for Bayern this season, the Pole has scored an incredible 42 goals and prepared eight more. With 35 goals in the league, he was well on the way to cracking Gerd Müller’s magical 40-goal mark. (The Bundesliga match schedule)
“We’re talking about an alien. Ronaldo lives for football like Lewandowski. They train, eat and rest with one goal: to improve their performance and to be the best,” enthused Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge a few months ago his star striker.
Lewandowski missed PSG showdown
So now he will be absent from Munich for at least four weeks. Which means that the FCB star will not only be out in the top Bundesliga game against RB Leipzig, but also in the two quarter-finals of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain (first leg on April 6th, second leg on April 14th). (Champions League schedule)
The 32-year-old, fit model athlete was last more than a year ago, in February 2020, due to a cracking of the shin.
At that time, however, he only missed two games in the league (6-0 against Hoffenheim, 2-0 against Augsburg) and the quarter-finals in the cup against Schalke 04 (1-0), because the season was then interrupted due to the start of the corona pandemic . Bayern won all three games, the young Joshua Zirkzee appeared twice as a replacement at the top, but he is currently on loan to Parma Calcio.
Can Choupo-Moting play against the ex-club?
The Munich team deliberately refrained from a real challenger for Lewandowski year after year, because Lewandowski simply wouldn’t have had a chance.
So you needed a backup that had the necessary quality in an emergency, but also didn’t grumble if he just sat on the bench for weeks. Somebody like Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Is it now the Cameroonian’s hour? Choupo-Moting has so far fulfilled its role as a backup very well, the Bayern want the contract that expires in the summer SPORT1– Extend information.
The 32-year-old, who has scored five times in 24 competitive games so far, could start in the Bundesliga for the fifth time and would meet his ex-colleagues from Paris in the premier class.
He also played the role of the joker behind the superstars in the PSG starting squad – and it was in this role that his goal against Atalanta Bergamo in the 93rd minute ensured that the team of then coach Thomas Tuchel made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League .
Gnabry as Lewandowski replacement?
But Serge Gnabry can also do top class. He scored nine times in the sextuple season in the Champions League.
In addition, he was most recently successfully at the forefront of the national team. Together with Thomas Müller on the ten, both could change positions again and again and advance to the top.
Whatever Flick’s decision, he now has to find a solution – and prevent the worst-case scenario.