At 12:30, Robert Lewandowski was officially presented as a FC Barcelona player. An hour later, the captain of the Polish national team appeared at a press conference in the company of the club’s president – Joan Laporta – and sports director – Mateu Alemany. The meeting with journalists took place in the same room where Lionel Messi was saying goodbye to FC Barcelona a year ago.
Lewandowski presented in Barcelona. “It will remain in my memory for many years”
However, at 2:30 PM Lewandowski met with Polish journalists. The first question, of course, concerned the emotions that accompanied Lewandowski during the presentation. – It is a great experience for me. I appreciate that very much and it shows that I am in the right place. The way the fans support and react is fantastic. It gives you a feeling of freshness and confidence. This is a big deal for me. Going out to the stadium, hearing and seeing so many thousands of fans. Emotions I haven’t felt before. Pride, happiness, admiration of the atmosphere and the place I go to. I realize that not everyone will experience such moments. It is something that will remain in my memory for many years. Pure luck. Feel the history and feel the greatness at every step. It is felt not only in people but also in places – said Lewandowski.
Lewandowski with the number “9”. What does Depay say? “No problem with that”
The issue of Lewandowski’s number on the back was also raised. It was almost not certain what number the Pole would play with. His nine was reserved by Memphis Depay. It turned out, however, that the Dutch gave the number to the Pole. It took place after a conversation between Lewandowski and Depay.
– I spoke to Memphis. There is no problem with that. I wanted to clarify this situation so that there would be no unpleasant situations between us. From the beginning, we sat at the table together, in the cloakroom we are next to each other. Contact is frequent. I have a nice flow with Memphis. We talked and there is no problem – admitted the Polish striker.
Lewandowski: “I saw that flash in the coach’s eye”
The captain of the Polish staff was also asked about the tactics in which he will function. Lewandowski replied that it was not the tactics set by Xavi Hernandez that convinced him to change colors. Sometimes the way you talk about tactics is more important. It captivated me more. I am a competitor who will not learn much new. My tactical knowledge is at a very high level. I have worked with many great coaches and learned a lot. The most important thing was how you talked about it. I saw that glint in Coach Xavi’s eye. The preparatory period has been very good. The first conversations were some time ago. I knew what my heart was telling me – that I wanted to come here and it would be the perfect moment in my career to take the next step. I am a person who has broad horizons, is looking for new things, and despite the fact that I was in the comfort zone, I wanted to get out of it in order to develop – he explained.
Lewandowski was also asked about the similarities in training in Barcelona and Bayern. – There are many similarities when it comes to physical preparation. It is top notch and I am positively surprised that this is how it looks. When it comes to soccer training, they differ a bit with each coach. I did not expect the preparatory period to be at this level and I am positively surprised – he admitted.
The new La Liga season will start soon. Meanwhile, the media regularly reports that Barcelona may not be able to register new players. Joan Laporta was even asked to ask some of Barcelona’s players to agree to lower their salaries so that new players could be entered. Lewandowski, however, cut the subject off. – I’m not afraid of that. Everything will be taken care of. I have no doubts that everything will be tip-top – he said.
Although Lewandowski is new to the team, he quickly became one of the leaders in the dressing room. Anyway, such a role was intended for him. The Pole is a support, for example, for young Barcelona players. – I always assumed that if I can share tips with someone, I try to do it because it can help the team. And I know that not everyone has the courage to do so – he said. When asked which young players he got along best, he mentioned Ansu Fati, Pedri and Gavi. – They are hungry for knowledge and want to develop. They are at this level, and there is still a lot ahead of them – he admitted.
There were also questions about acclimatization in the new place. The first days and weeks are crazy, but in a while everything will calm down. There are a lot of question marks, but this is normal. The adaptation really looks good and I have a feeling that each day is working to my advantage, ”said Lewandowski. He also added that after training, he returns to his home.
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