The Polish player is still not recovered from his injuries on his face
The second leg of Champions League semifinals is here. This Tuesday evening FC Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona will face each other to win a place for the final in Berlin. The 3-0 of the first leg put the Blaugrana team one step ahead; besides, it will be difficult for the Bavarian team to stop the magic forward Messi - Suárez - Neymar and not concede any goals.
On the other hand, the main attacking reference of Pep Guardiola's squad, if no surprises, will be Robert Lewandowski again. The 26-year-old Polish striker broke his upper jaw and his nose during the semifinal match of the DFB-Pokal against his former team, Borussia Dortmund. His presence in the Champions League semifinals was uncertain, but soon we discovered he would use a mask to protect his face. He officially announced it on his twitter account:
Gotowy na kolejne wyzwanie! pic.twitter.com/cSo7pUJKXN— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) May 3, 2015
In the first leg, Barcelona was better in attacking than Bayern and solid in defense, so Lewandowski couldn't even create any clear goal chance. The striker playing with the mask had generated many expectation. Would it be a problem for him? In the end we almost didn't see him during the match.
Now Bayern must score at least 3 goals if they want to come back the qualifying round and have chances to be in the final. And with Robben and Ribéry injured, Lewandowski and Müller will be the main attacking references. There's no official confirmation this time but if there's no big surprise, the Polish will wear his mask again, as he also did this Saturday in the 0-1 defeat vs Augsburg.
Here you can see Bayern Munich's striker with his mask during this Monday's training session:
In press conference, this Monday Guardiola was asked about Lewandowski's conditions: "Of course it would be better for him to play without the mask, but doctors told him to keep using it. It's not easy to play with such conditions, but he will." Apart from the mask, the Catalan coach praised the player, remembering that he had adapted really well to the club.
Robert Lewandowski knows what scoring four goals in a Champions League semifinals mean. He did so in the 2012/13 season against Real Madrid when he was playing for Borussia Dortmund. That year they lost the final 1-2 against his current team, Bayern Munich, coached by Jupp Heynckes. This Tuesday, doing the same would mean complications for FC Barcelona. The man of the mask will be the main danger during the match.