The international break is never kind to anyone. It’s the complete opposite. Fans are left patiently waiting for the next exciting game to come whilst teams square off and, ultimately, score four or five past San Marino. For clubs, it’s worse because, within any given moment, an injury could strike. And that’s exactly what’s happened to Bayern Munich with the Robert Lewandowski injury blow.
The club confirmed that the Polish international will now miss four weeks due to a ligament injury in his right knee. Losing players at any point of the season is frustrating, but seeing your star man injured amid a title push and on the verge of a Champions League semi-final can lead to devastating consequences.
Lewandowski Injury Could Deny Record-Breaking Moment
Huge Blow for Bayern Munich
Heading into the last four of the Champions League, Bayern Munich were favourites to retain the trophy. Fast forward a couple of weeks, however, and the Lewandowski injury leaves many questioning their chances against Paris Saint-Germain.
Both Bayern and PSG have been guilty of poor defensive displays throughout the season. In truth, it has been their offensive displays that have propelled them into title-winning positions. For Bayern Munich, the main man leading that attack and salvaging victories has been Robert Lewandowski.
Now, without him, they must fall back on other goalscoring outlets such as Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry. But, the fact remains, they lack a like for like replacement for Lewandowski and may struggle as a result. And that leaves them vulnerable.
As mentioned before, PSG have also relied on their attacking exploits throughout the season to cover defensive woes. Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and even Moise Kean have all stepped up when needed. The worry against Bayern Munich would have been how to stop Lewandowski.
Now, it should be Bayern Munich who are worried. With their vulnerable defence and lack of Lewandowski replacement, PSG will be more than capable of avenging their final defeat last season.
Lewandowski Injury Could Protect Gerd Muller’s Record
As things stand, Robert Lewandowski is on 35 goals with six more needed to break Gerd Muller’s record of 40 in a single Bundesliga season. Before injury struck Lewandowski down, many believed he was certain to break that record.
Remember, the Polish international once score five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg- meaning that six in ten games would not prove to be a difficult task.
All of a sudden, though, those ten games have quite possibly been cut to six or seven for the Pole to find six goals. Yes, he is still more than capable of securing the record, but it will take a monumental effort from the 32-year-old.
RB Leipzig’s Chance to Shock the World
With ten games to go, Bayern Munich lead RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga title race by four points- much to the credit of Lewandowski’s goals. Now the forward is injured, Leipzig’s chances of pulling off a shock victory have just skyrocketed.
Unlike Bayern, Julian Nagelsmann’s side fall back on their defensive reliability to guide them through games. They have conceded the least amount of goals in the Bundesliga with 21 and look more than capable of taking advantage of any potential Bayern Munich slips.
The Robert Lewandowski injury may be a blow for Bayern, but it has added that much-needed extra excitement to a previously decided Bundesliga season.
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