Wednesday, May 25

Lewandowski 27-25 Barcelona: The harsh reality

Ahead of Barcelona‘s visit to the Allianz Arena in Munich, there is an awkward statistic that lays bare the harsh reality of their season so far: Robert Lewandowski has more goals in 2021/22 than the whole Blaugrana team.

The Polish striker remains in incredible form and has 27 goals in 21 games this season. Barcelona as a whole have managed just 25 goals in all competitions.

In the Champions League, the setting in which they will meet on Wednesday, the same comparison remains true. Lewandowski has nine goals in Group E, while Barcelona have just two.

The Bavarian side have looked unstoppable, romping their way to five wins from five in the competition, which makes the Catalans’ task even more gargantuan. To secure their passage to the last 16, they must hand Bayern their first loss of the campaign. In Munich, no less.

With all that context, it looks almost as if Barcelona will need a miracle and perhaps their best chance of progress will be relying on Dynamo Kiev avoiding defeat at the Estadio da Luz against Benfica. If the Eagles win, Xavi‘s team must also take all three points.

Lethal Lewandowski

Lewandowski’s prolific campaign, as well as Bayern’s free-scoring form in general, is in stark contrast to Barcelona’s struggles in front of goal this season. In the absence of Lionel Messi, the goals have dried up.

European drought

Barcelona’s attacking problems seem even more exacerbated in Europe but that will need to change on Wednesday.

Part of the problem is that the Blaugrana aren’t managing enough shots on goal. In five Champions League games, they have managed just nine shots on target.

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Half of these shots came from defenders, while Memphis Depay hasn’t had a single effort on target. That’s not exactly what you expect from the centre forward of a team who should be aspiring to win the whole competition.

To be sure of avoiding the disaster that would be exiting the Champions League at this early stage, Barcelona must give a much better showing on Wednesday than we have seen from them away from home this season. In eight games away from the Camp Nou, they have scored just eight goals, which doesn’t bode well.

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