It can be confirmed because statistics show that Lewandowski often plays effectively in matches where his teammates like Pedri and Dembele are on the field. On the contrary, if Pedri and Dembele are absent, typically in the match against Real in the second leg of the last Copa del Rey semi-final, Lewandowski is no longer effective.
The Polish striker is still active, but because he does not receive good support from the wingers, his effectiveness in the match against Real is no longer available. This also points to the fact that: “Lewandowski has no longer maintained an average scoring rate of nearly one goal per game as it has been for the past decade.”
But is it Lewandowski’s fault or is there something else? Please, it is because coach Xavi did not apply the familiar 4-3-3 and this made Barca’s play no longer effective, especially because Lewandowski was hungry for the ball.
Before Real, coach Xavi did not let Barca play in a 4-3-3 scheme, the way they had just won a jubilant 4-0 victory over Elche. And when Barca made it difficult for themselves, the strong and very powerful pieces from the two wingers were no longer available, and affected Lewandowski’s effectiveness.
Coach Xavi of course has seen that mistake, and it is possible that he will return to a 4-3-3 formation against Girona tonight. If Barca play with two wingers, the opportunity will be for Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres, who will also be responsible for assisting Lewandowski in scoring goals for Barca.