Hoeneß: “Lewandowski has totally changed”
How important is Robert Lewandowski for FC Bayern? Is he a valued leader or just an overrated loner? The debate about the striker has flared up again after his recent unconvincing performances and Dietmar Hamann’s criticism. FCB President Uli Hoeneß now defends number 9 in the kicker.
“Robert has completely changed and has become a real Bayern player,” Hoeneß says in the kicker special issue on the knockout phase of the Champions League 2019. Lewandowski has recently become more communicative within the team, he gets more involved in the topics that affect the team. That’s why Munich coach Niko Kovac describes him as an “absolute leader” and adds: “He is an extended arm of the coach, like Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller.
Hamann had told “Sky” that the striker could become a problem for FC Bayern. In the special issue of kicker, the ex-national player now stresses: “Lewandowski is perhaps the best nine in the world. But on the big stage he’s a bit guilty.” The Pole wants to change that in the last 16 against FC Liverpool on 19 February and 13 March. Hoeneß is already certain that he will succeed: “He will help us against Liverpool. He’s half the bank in front.”