French-born Senegalese international Lamine Sane, who just joined Werder Bremen this summer from Bordeaux, is facing a visit to the (almost) impregnable Allianz Arena for Friday's kickoff game of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season. If you listen to him, having to defend Bayern's prolific Polish striker isn't as big of a deal as you would think.
"I am not going to be intimidated by the presence of a Robert Lewandowski, in the end, he's also just another opponent, like any other one" he told kreiszeitung.de. Just another opponent, who happened to score 30 goals in the Bundesliga alone last season. Suuure!
He added, "He only has two arms and two legs, I have those too. The differences may not be that big. I will try to keep him from scoring goals." By that "logic", I have the same number of limbs as LeBron James, so I should be able to guard him. Let me contact the NBA to see if they have any spots open for me.
After losing in embarrassing fashion to third division side Sportfreunde Lotte in the first round of the German Cup this past week, and with the newly formed central defensive duo of Sane and Niklas Moisander of Finland (freshly arrived this season as well, from Sampdoria) performing poorly, Sane says they've got a plan. It's actually pretty simple: "We've talked about [our] weak points, analyzed them. I believe we will appear more compact and better organized in the game against Bayern."
Perform better than you did in a loss against a newly promoted third division club, when facing off against one of the best clubs in the world? Good plan!