Lewandowski looking forward to to facing world champions
09 October 2014, 09:11
Warsaw - Poland striker Robert Lewandowski says he is relishing taking on world champions Germany in Warsaw this Saturday in a Euro 2016 qualifier which pits him against several of his Bayern Munich team-mates.
The 26-year-old hot-shot, who was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season, will lead Poland's attack against Joachim Loew's Germany at the National Stadium in a key game in Group D.
"Maybe they will be too confident after winning the World Cup. Maybe they will oversleep a little and we will be able to take advantage. I hope so," said Lewandowski in quotes reported by UEFA.com.
"We know their qualities, but we will not park a bus in our penalty area."
Poland started their campaign last month with a resounding 7-0 win against minnows Gibraltar, in which Lewandowski scored four times, while the Germans enjoyed a nervy 2-1 win at home to Scotland.
Lewandowski will come up against several of his Bayern colleagues, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who will captain the world champions with Bastian Schweinsteiger injured.
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"I have good memories of my many games against Manuel," said Lewandowski, previously of Borussia Dortmund.
"I remember only too well that I scored my first Bundesliga goal against Schalke, with Neuer between the posts.
"I gave an interview to German television and they asked me a lot about it, but it is Poland v Germany and I would be equally happy if any of my team-mates scored. It does not have to be me.
"Will this match be special for me? I would not say special as such, just different.
"I know most of Germany's players - I played with some at Dortmund and now I play with some more at Bayern.
"Of course, we joked a little bit about the game and they admitted, jokingly, they would happily accept a draw in Warsaw."
Neuer said watching Lewandowski train on a daily basis at Bayern, after he joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, will work to his advantage.
"I have got to know his game better by having trained so often with him," said Neuer at a press conference in Frankfurt.
"I know where he likes to get the ball, he's one of the best strikers in the world, so you have to watch his every move."