While in Dubai to receive his Globe Soccer Award for Player of the Year, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was asked about his squad’s upcoming Champions League tie against Lazio.
Not surprisingly, Lewandowski showed a lot of respect for the Serie A power.
“Lazio are a great team, they proved it last year by fighting until the end for the Scudetto. It will definitely be a very tough match, we will have to be very prepared. If we show our best qualities, we can get through the round,” said Lewandowski to Sky Sport (as captured by Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi).
When asked Bayern Munich assistant coach Miroslav Klose’s knowledge of his former club, Lewandowski heaped further praise on the Italian side.
“Yes, he played there and knows them well,” said Lewandowski. “It will be a great challenge, we have to be ready and we have great respect for Lazio.”
Lewandowski will be a part of a fascinating duel with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile. While the players likely won’t face-off too often on the pitch, each striker will be his team’s primary weapon.
There is still a while to go before the teams meet on February 23rd, but it is clear that Bayern Munich will be focused on defending its Champions League crown.