When Bayern beat Lionel Messi’s PSG, Kylian Mbappe in the knockout round of the Champions League, the German team’s fans seemed to be fooled. They believe that the level of the home team is still there.
But on the day of the defeat against Man City at the Etihad, Bayern faced a moment of truth. Witnessing Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala,… miss the opportunity, they wished that Lewandowski was still on the field.
In nostalgia Lewandowski
Bayern’s problem is very obvious. They lack strikers who know how to put the ball into the net. The one who ends the team’s assists. It could be a cross from the side, and then the pure striker (poacher) cushions the ball into the net.
What Bayern lacked was easily done by Lewandowski. In September 2022, just a few months after the Polish spearhead left Bayern for Barca, striker Thomas Muller said: “In some situations in the matches this season I thought: ‘Oh, at Bayern used to have a player who only needed to glance at his teammates to understand the next move.”
Muller went on to emphasize that Lewandowski’s class will never fade at Bayern. The records the Polish striker created will live on.
Muller is trying to hide his sentimentality. However, everyone knows that he misses Lewandowski very much.
“My relationship with Lewy has been formed over the years. As for Bayern’s current situation when Lewandowski leaves, the team still has four or five spears up top, and anyone can play at the highest level. like a pure striker,” Muller continued.
Muller was right when he said Bayern still had many dangerous drills in attack. However, none of these play as experts in finishing in the penalty area as Lewandowski.
With Lewandowski on the field, Bayern have many options to approach the opponent’s goal. They can use Joshua Kimmich to pour the ball from home for the Polish striker to escape and finish. Many times Bayern have used this attack over the years.
Against opponents who play deep, Bayern does not need to worry. When every space is closed and crosses are required, the arrival of Lewandowski in the penalty area will solve it all. The Polish striker’s instinct to score goals is what helps him to assert his class. The element of difference that Mane, Sane or Gnabry is far from having.
In the 0-3 loss to Man City at the Etihad on April 11, Bayern launched 12 shots but could not score. In the second leg on April 19, Bayern continued to squander opportunities. They shot at Ederson’s goal 19 times, but only scored 1 goal.
In the first half, Sane missed a delicious opportunity with a left-footed shot that went wide of the post. If the shooter had been Lewandowski, the situation might have been different for Bayern.
With Lewandowski on the field, Bayern’s football can be simple but effective. It was Pep Guardiola who noticed a shortcoming in the squad, and then fixed it by bringing Erling Haaland to the Etihad. How the value of the Norwegian striker makes a difference, Bayern probably understands best.
Bayern must buy a new striker
Bayern’s plan to use Sadio Mane as a striker has failed. Now is the time for the Bundesliga champions to correct their mistakes.
Bayern also know very well that it can only restore the brilliant aura if it finds a replacement for Lewandowski. But to solve this problem is not easy.
Bayern once missed Haaland because they could not compete with Man City in the money war. The same thing can happen in the summer of 2023. The transfer market is very dry for pure strikers. If so, their prices are very expensive.
Victor Osimhen is said to be more talented than Haaland. To sign the Nigerian striker, Bayern must spend at least 100 million euros. Not to mention the huge salary paid to Napoli players. However, Bayern has long been famous for its disciplined spending, not often splashing money like the English teams.
Bild reported that Bayern intends to use Sadio Mane plus a fee to convince Napoli to release the Nigerian striker. However, the representative of the Naples region has never been an easy partner to negotiate at the negotiating table. Worth mentioning, Chelsea or MU are also interested in Osimhen.
Another target that can fill the void left by Lewandowski is Harry Kane. Like Osimhen, the price of the English striker will be more than 100 million euros. Kane is the symbol of Tottenham, the best striker in England right now. To get the nod of this striker requires a lot of things, not just money.
Frankfurt’s Kolo Muani is also considered a potential target with Bayern. The 24-year-old French striker is in high form when he scores 20 goals in all competitions. Buying Muani, Bayern do not worry about heavy losses if they sell this striker in the future. The factor is different from Kane, who is close to turning 30.
In the summer of 2022, Bayern had to pity to see Haaland go to Man City, then watch this player sow sorrow into the team. German media said that Bayern did everything possible to convince Haaland when competing with Man City.
However, when it came time to negotiate wages, they did not compete with the giants of Manchester. Now is the time for Bayern to reflect on their mistakes. Last year, they could spend 77 million euros to buy midfielder Matthijs de Ligt. Moreover, continuing to spend money to have a high-class striker is not a risky gamble.
Above all, “Gray Lobster” understands that it is far from showing strength without the number 9 striker in the squad.
Di Cam | 19:00 April 26, 2023