Robert Lewandowski has sent out a strong message to Barcelona’s rivals on his return to the Catalan giants after featuring for the Poland national team in the Nations League.
The 34-year-old was granted the day off on Wednesday, September 28 but turned up for training at the Ciutat Esportiva anyway and had some choice words about how he’s feeling right now. “No excuses on days off, time for training,” he wrote on Instagram.
Barcelona coach Xavi will surely be thrilled by the attitude and work ethic Lewandowski has shown since arriving at the club in the summer transfer window from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
The striker turned 34 in August but has shown no signs of slowing down. He’s scored 11 goals in eight games already for his new club and has adapted seamlessly to life at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona and Lewandowski return to action on Saturday, October 1 in La Liga after the international break at Real Mallorca. Lewandowski heads into the game after bagging a brace last time out for Barca in a 3-0 win over Elche.
Xavi’s Praise For Lewandowski
Xavi praised Lewandowski for his “humility” after his double against Elche. The coach opened up on what has surprised him most about his new signing after the game at a news conference, as reported by Marca.
“What has surprised me the most about Robert Lewandowski is his human aspect. He works hard, he is very professional, but he is very humble. We did not have any doubts about his scoring skills,” he explained. “We knew he was going to score and make the difference, but his human aspect really impressed me in a positive way. He is very, very humble. He is really committed and hungry. It is great to have a player like him.”
Lewandowski is certainly leading by example at Barcelona, something the club will love to see with teenagers such as Pedri, Gavi, Ansu Fati, and Alejandro Balde all in the first-team squad currently.