Robert Lewandowski’s lack will alter the entire dynamic of Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-final with Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Bavarians’ previous star Hamit Altintop.
Poland striker Lewandowski is set to miss out on both legs of the masterpiece tie after getting a knee injury on worldwide responsibility recently.
He is anticipated to be sidelined for around a month, though some reports have actually recommended the 32-year-old is currently targeting an earlier go back to action.
Bayern had the ability to cope without their 42-goal leading scorer on Saturday, beating RB Leipzig 1-0 in a top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash, however Altintop, who made 109 looks for the club in between 2007 and 2011, thinks Hansi Flick’s side are no longer favourites to advance to the semi-finals without their primary guy.
What’s been stated?
Speaking specifically to Goal ahead of Wednesday’s very first leg in Munich, Altintop stated: “This news is really bad forBayern Munich Now, we will see how excellent they are. How will they lack Lewandowski? It is really intriguing for all football fans.
“He has actually boggled the mind, 35 objectives in the league currently, and now Bayern need to discover a method to cope without him.
“Before this news, I believed Bayern Munich over 2 video games were naturally favourites. But now, without him, it will be really intriguing.
“And with Neymar back, then that will make it even more difficult. This Paris team is focused so much on the Champions League. They want it bad.”
How will Bayern replace Lewandowski?
Against Leipzig on Saturday evening, Flick used Erik Maxim Choupo-Moting, the former Stoke City forward, as his No.9, with Thomas Muller behind and Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane as his wingers.
Serge Gnabry could have been another option to start centrally but will miss out as he recovers from Covid-19, though Altintop still feels a formation change could be possible, with Flick potentially taking inspiration from former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola.
He said: “If you see the three games of the German national team, Gnabry played upfront. Maybe Bayern can play that way too, a little bit like Manchester City do, where the No.9 is more of a No.10 or a No.11.
“They have played every game for nine or 10 months with Lewandowski, and now it will be different. He [Flick] has to change his system.
“The video game with Lewandowski is really various. He can keep the ball, make the video game quickly and make it hard for protectors with his power and quality.”
Are there likely to be any other noteworthy absentees?
Corentin Tolisso is a long-lasting absentee for Bayern, the midfielder having actually been sidelined given that February with a torn thigh tendon. Douglas Costa, on the other hand, is yet to return from a metatarsal injury.
PSG will lack full-back Alessandro Florenzi and midfielder Marco Verratti, who are both going through a 10-day quarantine duration after evaluating favorable for Covid -19.
Mauricio Pochettino’s group likewise has doubts over the physical fitness of striker Mauro Icardi (thigh), midfielder Danilo Pereira and left-back Layvin Kurzawa (both calf). Juan Bernat is still recuperating from a burst anterior cruciate ligament.