Lewandowski '100 percent' for Real return - Bayern boss
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 21:11
Cristiano Ronaldo's critics have been branded envious by his Real Madrid team-mate Marcelo in the aftermath of his star showing against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said Martinez's dismissal was the turning point.
A shoulder injury sustained in the 4-1 Bundesliga victory over Borussia Dortmund consigned the Poland global - who has scored 38 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions this season - to the stands for the visit of Madrid.
Lewandowski has scored 38 goals in all competitions this season, including seven in the Champions League, and Bayern missed his finishing at the Allianz Arena.
"So happy with the victory tonight and to have reached 100 (goals) in European competitions", Ronaldo posted on Instagram.
Bayern's defence has been more than questionable in the Bundesliga for a while but now in the Champions League, they have had a side of extreme calibre pick apart their defence.
"We know Cristiano's position on the field, but he had the freedom during the game to go wherever the ball fell". If Real really think they have done all the hard work, it is very premature, and Bayern can use the pain of these pictures as extra motivation. And it could have been so much better with Vidal handed the opportunity (in Lewandowski's stead) to double the lead from the spot.
Despite Rummenigge's optimism, Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti was more cautious, hoping both Lewandowski and defender Mats Hummels, who missed the home defeat with an ankle injury, will be fit for the return.
Ronaldo has been one of a few players to maintain such a high standard in the twilight years of his career and suggested that no one should have doubts over his ability, despite his age.
Ronaldo scored in the 47th and 77th minutes after Bayern had taken the lead in the 25th on Arturo Vidal's goal.
Barely holding on at 1-1, brittle Bayern's fragile state was compounded by two silly fouls in quick succession from Javi Martinez right under the referee's nose, which earned Bayern's record signing a naive red card. He hadn't scored for Madrid in three matches, since a 2-1 win over Real Betis in the Spanish league last month. Muller has looked a shadow of his former self in a Bayern shirt ever since Atleti keeper Jan Oblak saved his timid penalty last May.
After going from hero to zero, the combative Chilean tried hard to rectify his huge mistake on the night but to no avail.