Does Lewandowski miss the first big goal?
Why Barcelona are threatened with disaster next week
Created: 05/10/2022, 17:35
By: Patrick Mayer
Down to earth in the Champions League: Robert Lewandowski (left) and FC Barcelona.
© IMAGO/Andrea Staccioli / Inside photo
After the defeat at Inter Milan, FC Barcelona is under pressure.
As early as next Wednesday, the round of 16 of the Champions League could be history for Robert Lewandowski.
Munich/Barcelona – The Catalans had a completely different vision: FC Barcelona lost their second game in Group C of the Champions League, 0-1 (0-1) at Inter Milan.
After the 0: 2 (0: 0) at FC Bayern Munich on the day before, it was the second defeat for Robert Lewandowski's new employer in a row.
FC Barcelona: Robert Lewandowski's club under pressure after defeat at Inter Milan
The former goalscorer of the German Bundesliga record champions could miss his first goal of the season in the second leg against FC Internazionale next Wednesday (9 p.m.) - the round of 16 in the premier class.
And that already on the 4th day of the group phase.
On Tuesday evening, two decisions by the Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic caused a lot of displeasure.
After the only goal of the evening by ex-Leverkusener and Karlsruher Hakan Calhanoglu (45th minute +2), Vincic recognized a possible goal by Pedri after a previous handball by Ansu Fati in the Barca penalty area (67th).
Conversely, when Denzel Dumfries had his hand on the ball in Milan's penalty area in injury time, the Catalans were not awarded a penalty.
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Barcelona coach Xavi was outraged: "I'm outraged," he explained afterwards: "The referee should stand up and explain why he made the decision.
Outrage describes it best because it's not fair, it's just unfair.”
His player Sergi Roberto said: "I'm angry.
The penalty rule is changed every season.
Neither the referees themselves nor the players know what they are whistling.
The handball on our goal is exactly the same as the handball on the penalty, which we don't get.” He now demanded a win on Wednesday, “we have no other choice”.
In Group C of FC Bayern: FC Barcelona is already on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions League
1. FC Bayern
2. Inter Milan
4. Victoria Pilsen
Because: Barca is only third with three points, behind Milan (six points) and Bayern (nine), who confidently defeated the pointless bottom Viktoria Pilsen 5-0 (3-0) on Tuesday evening.
If Milan wins away at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, Barca will be out of the Champions League.
Because: Inter would then have a six-point lead after four matchdays.
If Lewandowski and Barcelona won the final two group games against Munich (October 26) and in Pilsen (November 1), they could still catch up with the Italians in the event of two defeats.
According to the mode, however, these would have the higher number of points from the direct duels.
Even a better goal difference would then no longer be sufficient for the Spaniards.
In any case, the Czech champions Pilsen, who had no chance, did not give the impression of being able to score a single point.
So too many unknowns in the variable.
The dependency on Lewandowski is becoming more and more obvious.
Daily newspaper Mundo Deportivo
FC Barcelona: Spanish press takes responsibility for Robert Lewandowski
In view of the still extremely tense financial situation of the heavily indebted club, progress in the premier class would be immensely important.
Meanwhile, the Spanish press is taking Lewandowski to task.
"The dependency on Lewandowski is becoming more and more evident," wrote the Spanish
The 34-year-old Pole (one shot on goal) had "virtually disappeared" for the entire game, said the
and explained: "It wasn't because of Poland, who even intercepted balls in midfield, but because his team-mates couldn't find him." Disaster is threatening next Wednesday.