Robert Lewandowski scored 40 percent of the team’s total goals for Barcelona. Who will take on the role of enforcer in his absence? Spanish media indicate that the Catalans will have considerable problems in this aspect.
Robert Lewandowski is enjoying ten days off before joining FC Barcelona’s training after dropping out of the World Cup in Qatar. As “AS” has learned, his return is scheduled for next Wednesday, December 14.
Recall that Lewandowski received a red card in La Liga in his last match before the World Cup, and in addition, coming off the field, he decided to make several gestures toward the referee, tellingly touching his nose and pointing in the direction of the referee.
The Pole was punished by being sidelined from FC Barcelona’s next three matches. The club tried to appeal the punishment, but so far, the decision has not been changed.
FC Barcelona will play its first match after the World Cup on December 31, but Lewandowski will return to action in mid-January. Who will replace him? Spanish media point out that the Polish striker has scored as many as 40 percent of its goals this season. Coach Xavi will have a big problem finding a replacement for “Lewy.”
“Memphis Depay has scored only one goal in his 131 minutes of play, the same number as for the Netherlands at the World Cup,” – The daily “AS” reminds. Raphinha is still in reserve, but he himself is far more comfortable on the wing than in the middle of the attack.
All indications are that Memphis Depay will get his chance. These may be his last games in a Barca leotard, as the player is determined to change club colors.
Let’s recall that “Lewy” in 13 out of 14 railroads came out on the field in the starting lineup. Barcelona scored victories in each of the 9 league matches in which we watched at least one Lewy goal.