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‘Lewandowski is a phenomenon’, says Goretzka

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Robert Lewandowski’s laid-back approach to training prior to his match-winning performance against Chelsea left Bayern Munich teammate Leon Goretzka stunned.

Lewandowski delivered another trademark performance on Saturday to help Bayern Munich bag a comfortable 4-1 win over Chelsea in the second leg of their last-16 tie, securing passage to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-1 aggregate victory.

The Pole won and scored a penalty inside the opening 10 minutes. He then assisted Ivan Perisic and Corentin Tolisso’s goals before wrapping things up in Munich with a header. It took his tally up to 13 goals, leaving him just four adrift of Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most goals in a single Champions League campaign (17 goals – 2013/14).

What impressed Goretzka most, however, was Lewandowski’s relaxed attitude before the encounter.

The German midfielder told Sport1: “He’s actually a phenomenon.

“When I saw how he trained last week, I thought to myself: ‘Should I talk to him about why he’s not running?’ But he only said: ‘Keep calm! Saturday is important.'”

Bayern’s biggest test, though, is just around the corner in FC Barcelona for the quarter-finals. This game could be a defining point in the competition, with the winner likely to reach the final eventually.

Of course, there is plenty of motivation for Hansi Flick’s squad as they look to add to their Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal success this season to complete a remarkable treble.

“[It] is our goal in the end,”  Goretzka said on Bayern’s treble hopes.

“But it’s a very special competition. It has a bit of the character of a European Championship or World Cup. But we’re really hot and looking forward to the trip.”

Attention at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on Friday night will also be on the battle between Lewandowski and Lionel Messi.

The Bayern star has outscored Barcelona’s six-time Ballon d’Or winner this season on 53 goals to 31 in all competitions.