Lewandowski was involved in three goals, including a breathtaking rabona assist (yes, you read that right) as the Bavarians ran riot in their season-opener against the Smurfs. The Pole opened his 2020-21 goal-scoring account with a successful penalty-kick, after he went down under a hefty challenge from Ozan Kabak in Schalke’s box.
Lewandowski seemed not to experience any pain during the game as a consequence of that foul, but he was caught limping on his way to the tunnel at full time. The report says that he carried a “lymphatic drainage” device for reducing the swelling on his left foot while leaving the stadium.
In midfield, Leon Goretzka put in a solid 45-minute shift but was taken off for Frenchman Corentin Tolisso in the opening minutes of the second half. The FC Bayern Hulk sustained a blow in the first half and, as a precautionary measure, signaled for his substitution around the 50-minute mark.
However, the injuries aren’t serious and both Lewandowski and Goretzka are expected to recover in time for Bayern’s UEFA Supercup clash with Sevilla FC next week.
On the defensive side of the park, Lucas Hernandez and Jerome Boateng had to fill in for Alphonso Davies and defensive boss David Alaba, respectively.
According to Flick, Davies “had problems in the last two training sessions” and thus wasn’t deemed fit to play. Since Bayern went into the half-time break with a comfortable 4-0 lead, the Canadian sat on the bench throughout the match and was given extra time to regain full fitness for the Supercup. “He got the green light from the medical department for 45 minutes. We didn’t want to take any risk, however, and now have a little time for Thursday,” Flick said in his post-game interview.
As for Alaba, the Austrian was ruled out of the match due to muscular problems in his left thigh, but Flick is hopeful that Bayern’s chief-in-defense will return to action against Sevilla.