Robert Lewandowski is having the best time of his life at FC Barcelona as he scored a brace to help Barca beat 10 men Elche on Saturday, September 17.
The Polish international has now scored twice in eight games since joining Barcelona in the summer, giving him a total of 11 goals.
In the 14th minute of the game between Elche and FC Barcelona, Elche’s captain Gonzalo Verdu was sent off for bringing Lewandowski down after he had completed his move.
With 25 shots on goal compared to Elche’s one, Xavi’s team went on to grab an easy win.
Before Lewandowski scored his eighth goal in six games in the Spanish top division, Alejandro Balde set him up for his first of the game. Depay added a second, and Pedri had a third goal disallowed after VAR intervened.
Barca are now one point ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the standings, as Carlo Ancelotti’s team will travel to play Atletico on Sunday night (20:00 BST). If Real Madrid beat Atletico, they will return to the top of the table.
Robert Lewandowski is Barcelona’s main man
Barcelona triumphed resoundingly in LaLiga once more after losing to Bayern Munich in the previous midweek Champions League match.
For the first time since the 2017–18 season, they have now scored three goals or more in five straight league games.
Lewandowski has already proven to be the captain of this Barcelona team in just two months. Coach Xavi Hernandez is effusive in his praise of his impact on the other players, his counsel to the young players, and his daily conduct. Clearly, his objectives are helpful.
This marks the 12th consecutive season with at least 10 club goals in all competitions for the Polish striker. Depending on how Real Madrid performs against Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s derby, his most recent brace propels Barcelona to the top of LaLiga.
For the 12th straight year, Lewandowski has scored at least 10 goals for his team (in all competitions) which placed him in the category of greats like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He last fell short of it in his debut campaign with Dortmund in the 2010–2011 season (9 goals).
This is Robert Lewandowski’s third league double of the year. This season, no one else in LaLiga has more than one brace.
Bayern Munich without Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski, the No. 9, left for Barcelona last month after shattering numerous Bayern Munich and Bundesliga goal-scoring marks during his eight-year tenure there. For the club, his departure signals the end of an era.
It’s critical to note that Lewandowski was utilised differently under Nagelsmann than he had been in previous seasons.
Bayern München is in fourth place in the log table with 8 goals scored so far this season in the Bundesliga despite having a dreadful past 7 games.
Bayern has succeeded in winning just 3 of the 7 games and they drew three, including a recent 1-0 setback away against Ausburg on Saturday.