Bayer Leverkusen knows it will have its hands full with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski later today, but the club’s leadership is confident that a team effort can at least slow down the high-scoring Polish Hitman.
Peter Bosz is no stranger to trying to game plan for Lewandowski and knows his strategy will only work if the entire squad buys in.
“It only works as a team,” said Bosz (to Sport 1 as captured by Sport Bild). “It is impossible for one player alone to stop him because he not only runs in the center of the field, but also on the outside. So, we can only (stop him) as a team.”
Die Werkelf sporting director Simon Rolfes also told Sport1 (as captured by Sport Bild) his club will need to “make life difficult” for Lewandowski.
“We have good defenders who have often have success,” Rolfes said. “We will do everything we can to make life on the pitch difficult for him.”
Even in trying to shut Lewandowski down, Bosz knows it will be a challenge. The Dutch manager has immense respect or the reigning FIFA Best Player of the Year.
“Robert Lewandowski is a good choice (for the FIFA award), he became a world footballer with good reason,” said Bosz. “He played at a very high level for a long time. His worth lies not only in his qualities as a goal scorer. But he works tirelessly for the team. He scored consistently at a high level in the Bundesliga, in the Champions League and unfortunately also in the DFB-Pokal.”