Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has worked with some extremely talented wingers in his career.
Whether playing with inverted wingers, scoring wingers, playmaking wingers, or whatever, Lewandowski can find a way to do that he does best — put the ball into the net.
When asked about how working with inverted wingers changes his approach, Lewandowski said it was all just a matter of anticipation.
“It changes the dynamic in attack but you simply have to learn how to read your team-mates and anticipate their movements,” Lewandowski told The Athletic. “Some wingers are more interested in scoring themselves than others but that doesn’t mean you won’t get chances: if they shoot more often, there’ll be more loose balls off the goalkeeper or defenders that you can take advantage of. You just have to be one step ahead.”
Lewandowski is currently working with a corps of wingers that have had issues with consistency in Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, and Kingsley Coman. While those three players might be considered more of goal scoring wingers than playmakers, youngster Jamal Musiala has proven very capable of creating offense from the flank.
Prime Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery they are not, but Lewandowski still has found a way to make it work consistently.