Robert Lewandowski already scares La Liga with Barcelona
Lewandowski adds four goals in 270 minutes, an average of one every 68 minutes, better start than Luis Suárez
Robert Lewandowski took very little time to adapt to his new team, Barcelona, and after three games in La Liga Santander he already has four goals after the two scored this Sunday against Valladolid (4-0) at Spotify Camp Nou, in a game in which he also sent two shots to the post and was a constant compass on offense for his team.
In the first half, he came to the far post to mercilessly finish off a poisoned shot from Raphinha which narrowed and, in the second, he took advantage of a filtered pass from Ousmane Dembélé to turn it into a goal backheel with the collaboration of Joaquín Fernández, who touched the ball before beating Jordi Masip. Thus, Lewandowski is already scaring his rivals and is the league’s top scorer with four goals along with Betis’ Borja Iglesias.
And the Polish striker could lead the table alone if fortune had smiled on him a little more against Valladolid. With the score still 0-0 he headed a cross from Raphinha to the right post by Jordi Masip and after the ball bounced off the goalkeeper he was unable to push it into the goal as he walked along the line. The scorer of the fourth goal was Sergi Roberto, but it could also have been Lewandowski. The Catalan benefits from a rebound from the crossbar on a close-range shot from Barca’s new star which Masip miraculously deflects.
On the other hand, in his official debut for Barça against Rayo Vallecano (0-0), Lewandowski remained without scoring despite having had several chances to score and being very involved throughout. the encounter. But the situation quickly changed during the visit to Real Sociedad (1-4), in which he scored the first goal before the end of the first minute of play. And in the second half, he scored another and gave an assist on goal, also with a backheel, to Ansu Fati.
Lewandowski needed just 91 minutes to score his first goal as a Barca player and with his four goals in 270 minutes, he averages one every 68 minutes. This means a noticeably better start than that experienced by the last great number 9 in Barça history: Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan only made his debut as a goalscorer in his sixth match for the Barca side after playing 395 minutes. Suárez ended up scoring 198 goals in official matches and became the third top scorer in Barça history.
It was also difficult for the Polish striker to make his Barca debut this pre-season. On the US tour, Lewandowski failed to score against Real Madrid (0-1), Juventus Turin (2-2) and New York Red Bulls (0-2). His first goal came in the Joan Gamper Trophy against the Mexican Pumas (6-0) at Spotify Camp Nou.
During the month of September, Lewandowski will experience his first major trials of fire in high-level matches. Without going any further, this Saturday Barça will visit Sevilla at Sánchez Pizjuán in a league match. But the big meeting for the Polish striker will be the return to his former home on September 13 in the group stage of the Champions League. Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann has already asked to be greeted with applause.
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