Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski has enjoyed a great start to life at Spotify Camp Nou. Having arrived from Bayern Munich in the summer, the 34-year-old is already a fan favourite among the culers, having netted 11 goals in eight matches already.
Talking about his transfer to Barcelona from Bayern Munich, he told Przeglad Sportowy: “The transfer to Barcelona has given me a boost, increased self-esteem, I feel proud and fulfilled. I knew that I had to decide about the results of the matches and I was not afraid of this role.
“I feel proud, but I didn’t expect it to go so smoothly that the fans at Camp Nou would start singing songs about me so soon. It all made me feel as if I had been in Barcelona longer than I am. Everything fits in time beautifully.
The only low point for Lewandowski so far at Barcelona has been the loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League last week. He reflected on the defeat, saying that given the way Barça performed, they should have won the game, or it should have at least ended in a draw.
Barcelona were stung by a series of missed opportunities against the Bavarians as the Germans eventually won the game 2-0. Lewandowski, himself, had a few opportunities to score against his former side, but the Poland veteran failed to find the target.
“The Bayern game should have been won, or at least a draw. The Bayern match is a lesson for us,” he explained.
“Before the match, we did not expect to be able to impose our style and create many chances. This match showed that we can do that and create chances in difficult matches. It is true that we made mistakes but I repeat that this match showed that we can offer a lot.”
The Bayern Munich clash last week was the first time Lewandowski entered the Allianz Arena as an opponent since leaving them in the summer.
Speaking about it, the 34-year-old said that he did not expect to receive any hostility from the fans.
“No [I was not afraid of the crowd], because I was expecting what would happen,” said the Polish striker. “After I signed the contract with Barcelona, I travelled to Munich and met the Bayern fans and saw what they told me and how they dealt with me.
“The Bayern fans are very smart, they know how to differentiate between what is written in the press and the truth. They know and remember what kind of person I was, how I acted, what I did, what I said, etc.”
It was a night to forget not only for Lewandowksi but for the entire Barcelona squad. When asked about one particular moment that excited him the most about the game, he said:
“I think just entering the stadium.
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Although it was a strange feeling to go to another locker room and warm up in another area. It was all different, weird, and extraordinary.”
“But that was also a huge challenge for me, that come back, after all, it’s impossible to stop all these feelings all of a sudden. It was not just a sporting match for me, it was also an emotional match,” he added.
Lewandowski, who played alongside Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane among others, now shares the field with young guns like Gavi, Pedri and Ansu Fati at Barcelona. When asked about the youngsters, he said:
“No, I have not played with so many youngsters in one team, Gavi, Pedri, Fati or even Ferran, he is two years older but still young too. These guys, despite their young age, show great quality on the pitch.”