CASUALTIES FORCE THE POLE TO PULL THE CART
Lewandowski must be more leader than ever at Barca to storm Old Trafford
Published:21/02/2023 - 17:25h
Updated:22/02/2023 - 12:33h
FC Barcelona opted for a veteran and already proven striker to return to the top of European football and this Thursday will need all that if it wants to overcome its complicated Europa League tie
Robert Lewandowski is the most important name of the FC Barcelona since it began the season. However, the Pole has seen arropado and accompanied by a team that has gone of less to more in the course, especially with a defence led by Ronald Araújo and a midfield where Pedri and Gavi have commissioned to put the goals and the danger when like this Xavi has required it.
The problem for the Pole, and also for the míster culé, is that the two mediocampistas will not be present this Thursday to visit to the Manchester United (21:00 hours). One by injury and the another by sanction, will add to the absence of Ousmane Dembélé, by what Lewy will be the best bet of a Barça that will need that his '9' was to the height of his big European nights.
With the global marker equalised to two goals, the Barcelona team needs to win the party if it wants to be in the eighth of final of the Europe League, understanding that it no longer exists the extra profit of the goal of visitor and wanting to avoid the extention and the batch of penaltis. For this mission, at all simple in a field as it is Old Trafford, the Polish forward will have to be decisive, something that this season in Europe has not been his speciality.
The moment is now
His 5 goals in the Champions (3 in front of Viktoria Plzen), did not add too much so that the Barça achieved to advance, and now remained in white in the gone in front of a United that commissioned him to Varane the labeling of the Barcelona forward. For the meeting of this Thursday the English club will have besides the turn of his another central headline, Lisandro Martínez, the one who fulfilled a party of sanction in the meeting of gone of the past Thursday.
With the two absences in the midfield, Xavi will have to throw of his best player, and surround it in addition to two extremes that can find it as much as possible. Raphinha Seems to have his name almost sure, by what Ansu would be the another elected. To this has to add a Kessié and Of Jong with a lot of more responsibilities of attack, avoiding that Lewandowski remain isolated between the two head offices during too many moments of the party.
The Barça will bet by a performance of the forward like that in which it marked him four goals to the Real Madrid in a semifinal of Champions, or at least the half of good that that impressive exhibition. Already more recently, Lewy put two assistances and a goal in a 0-3 in front of Chelsea in 2020 or a 'hattrick' in front of the RB Leipzig does a year, both crashes in the maximum competition of clubs in the world.