Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich: 5 Talking Points and Tactical Analysis | Champions League 2019-20
#4 Lewandowski's impressive goal tally continues, another good display
Lewandowski took both goals well on an evening where Bayern were rampant in attack and essentially blew their hosts away, but could have easily found themselves with a significant deficit to overturn in the second-half.
Leading the line as usual in Niko Kovac's 4-2-3-1 formation, the Poland international was duly rewarded for a patient and persistent showing, where he occupied both Tottenham centre-backs well and was a nuisance. Working hard alongside his teammates, you could see Lewandowski's eagerness to create chances for his attacking contemporaries, who were licking their licks against a sluggish Spurs defend.
This was rather similar to how Karim Benzema often features for Real Madrid, where his overall contribution isn't really given much credit unless he "shows up" with a match-winning goal or defining moment. Displaying that unselfish side proved pivotal because while Spurs were occupied trying to isolate Lewandowski, it allowed free roam for Gnabry, Coutinho and Coman - who all attacked with varying degrees of success.
However, the most important and heavily scrutinised facet of Lewandowski's game is his finishing. Having been questioned for unconvincing displays against some of the world's best opposition in recent seasons, this was a refreshing watch from a world-class forward with plenty to gain - ruthless in front of goal when called upon, while leaving Spurs' heavily-praised centre-back pairing helpless at times to devastating effect.Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:39 IST