Expected at the turn after a completely failed edition in Russia, Robert Lewandowski entered the World Cup in Qatar very badly with a missed penalty against Mexico (0-0) on Tuesday. Rather than keeping a low profile, the Poland striker once again blamed his coach.
Lewandowski is still not on his plate with the selection…
Robert Lewandowski (34) is a footballing legend. With more than 600 career goals, the FC Barcelona striker is one of the greatest finishers in his sport. But the Pole has an Achilles heel: his selection.
Impressive at Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and now in Catalonia, the captain of the White Eagles has never given satisfaction with his country. And his last appearance did nothing to help this reality.
A missed penalty that hurts
Indeed, the Barcelona striker missed his match against Mexico (0-0) on Tuesday for Poland’s first in Qatar. In a firm encounter dominated by the Tri, the 2nd for the Ballon d’Or 2021 nevertheless had the opportunity to put his team on the right track. But he lost his lucidity when converting the penalty he himself obtained by failing against the imperturbable and always exceptional Guillermo Ochoa. A rat which prevented his team from taking the advantage in a group where Saudi Arabia created a surprise by beating Argentina (2-1), a few hours earlier.
Lewandowski as in 2018
Inevitably, this missed penalty weighs down and will weigh down Poland in its desire to join the knockout stages. But while he could have kept a low profile to try to catch up against the Falcons on Saturday, Lewandowski could not help slipping a tackle supported by his coach, Czeslaw Michniewicz. It’s hard for a striker to run from his own half but that’s the coach’s game plan released the Polish captain at a press conference. Of course I want to have balls in the opponent’s area, but I also know that it is complicated. You have to accept the style in which we play.
An understandable frustration for a player of this quality but who does not really honor him. Because after the fiasco of four years ago, Lewandowski does not seem to have learned the lesson. At the time, the former glory of Bayern had not been kind to his ex-coach, Adam Nawalka, whom he accused of playing too cautiously after the initial setback against Senegal (1-2) .An exit which had weakened his selection, thrown out of Russia after only two games. If he wants history not to repeat itself, the Barcelona goleador will probably have to show a different state of mind. And start taking responsibility.
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