“I try to learn something, still. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how good you are. What’s more important is how good you want to be, even if your performance is on a high level. Everything you do in training is more important, you need practice,” said Lewandowski. “Even if you have a good right foot, it goes down without practice. With practice, you can keep at a high level or even higher, which is why I know that I need it and want it. Maybe I can play with my left foot or need to decide to score more with my left, I’m always trying to show something new.”
As for how he plans to help keep growing his game, Lewandowski said that putting in the extra work is key. Still, he knows he can only be as good as the team built around him.
“It’s something extra because during the season, during the games, you don’t think about these personal titles or personal success because this is a team sport. Football is a sport where you cannot win alone, you need a good team, good teammates and your teammates work for you,” said Lewandowski. “That’s why I’m always thankful to my teammates because they have to send the ball to me, they have to pass to me. My individual success and trophies also belong to them because without them, I cannot win anything, so I know what it means for them. Maybe in the end, I have this trophy at home but I know it belongs to my teammates or my staff, that’s why I don’t think about it during the games or season, it’s something extra. For sure, sometimes I’m very proud of this but I always see my teammates on these trophies as well.”
Lewandowski is getting a dose of that reality now for a disappointing Poland side.
“Only Pelé and Maradona could win games alone,” said Polish striker icon Grzegorz Lato of the Polish newspaper “Fakt” (as captured by Abendzeitung). “I feel for the boy. He’s under a lot of pressure, everyone is counting on him.”
After dropping a 2-1 decision to Slovakia, Lewandowski assessed his situation in a very dry way: “The last pass did not arrive very often.”
Poland manager Paulo Sousa even went as far as to say, “It’s true we left Robert alone at times” after the Slovakia match.
With a powerful Spain side waiting, Poland will have to get things sorted and find a way get the ball to Lewandowski in advantageous situations.