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Robert Lewandowski starts Champions League Quarterfinal second leg on the bench

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This is a bold choice.

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Bayern Munich released their starting lineup for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Benfica, and a big name was conspicuously absent. Pep Guardiola has decided to leave the team's leading scorer on the bench for the crucial match.

Lewandowski hasn't been in the greatest goal scoring form as of late. He's gone a whole three games without finding the back of the net. Yes, a three game streak is the longest of the seasons for Lewandowski.

More likely, Guardiola is going to try to get out of the Benfica match without having to use Lewandowski due to another reason. If Lewandowski were to receive a yellow card in the match, he would be suspended for the first leg of the semifinals.

It's likely that Thomas Müller alone up top is the better option, allowing Bayern to press from the front without worrying about Lewandowski picking up a senseless card. If necessary, Lewandowski will be on the field tonight. If Bayern don't need him on the field, don't expect him to play.