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From failed Rovers move to Worlds Best

Cast your minds back to the 2009/2010 season, when Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers side were sitting mid-table and were relying on the creative skills of Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn.  The likes of Jason Roberts and Franco Di Santo were not being clinical enough in front of goal and Allardyce was crying out for someone to convert the chances that his midfield were producing. 

Head of Recruitment at the time for the Lancashire club Martyn Glover had reportedly scouted out a promising Polish forward at the time, who had scored 21 goals in 34 appearances for Lech Poznan and Glover envisioned that this striker could perhaps be as good as the man who fired Rovers to the Premier League title in 1995, Alan Shearer.  

Glover, who is now Head of Recruitment at Southampton and has been since 2019, said:

“We had seen a lot of Robert Levandowksi and we knew we were dealing with a top class striker.”

Discussions with the club president went as planned and we had outlined a proposal for him to join Rovers. 

However, the chairman (John Williams) was worried that Poland was not famous for producing prolific goal scorers and there was also questions surrounding the fee, which was £3 million possibly rising to £4 million.

Indeed, Rovers hesitation surrounding the player proved costly as the player had a pal at the Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and before the Premier League side could do anything Dortmund snapped him up for the same fee. 

Glover added: 

He’s certainly close to the top of the list of the ones that got away!”

Allardyce subsequently bought Croatian Nikola Kalinic instead for a reported £6 million. 

The prolific Polish International striker certainly proved that he was indeed the one that got away.  Having joined Dortmund 2010, under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp he became the complete striker.  He immediately endeared himself to the Dortmund fans by scoring his first goal for the club against fierce rivals Schalke in the Revierderby.     

Lewandowkski spent four seasons at die Schwarzgelben scoring an impressive 103 goals in 187 appearances. He helped his team to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Bundesliga titles, plus the 2012 DFB-Pokal Cup.  While at the same time also playing a key role in Dortmund’s run to the 2013 Champions League final, which they subsequently lost to Bayern Munich. 

The highlight of that memorable 2012-13 Champions League campaign was undoubtedly his four goals against Real Madrid in the semi-final. 

The Pole broke Dortmund fans hearts, however, by agreeing to move to their fierce rivals, Bayern Munich, in 2014 on a five-year deal.  At Bayern he got to work with the likes of Pep Guardiola and won title after title. 

There were periods, however, where it was not plane sailing but it all came to together last season with manager Hans Flick. League crown thanks to a 1-0 win over French Champions Paris Saint Germain.

The incredible year for Lewandowski was capped off by winning the Best FIFA award for men’s player of the year and finished first in the Guardian’s 100 best male footballers. The past season saw Lewandowski score 55 goals in just 47 games.  

Under the guidance of Flick, Lewandowski has clearly become more of a team player. His team mate Thomas Muller added:

“It has even gone so far that he can almost enjoy an assist now.” 

Jacek Grembocki, the coach of the Pole’s first ever-professional team Znicz Pruszkow, meanwhile, said:

“Players like Lewandowski only think about one thing: success, success and success.  Now he plays not only for Poland, but for Bayern too.  And he is a legend up there with Messi and Ronaldo.  

“He is the best player in the history of Polish football.”

How crucial could the signing of Thiago Silva be for Chelsea?

Brazil Centre Back Thiago Silva has officially joined Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on a one-year deal with a further option of 12 months.

The 35-year old follows the likes of Timo Werner, Hakin Zieych and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell to Stanford Bridge in what is proving to be a hugely successful transfer window for the Blues.

Following Champions League final disappointment for the Ligue 1 Champions, Paris Saint Germain, club captain Thiago Silva looks to have played his last game for the French side after his contract has expired and the Brazilian international is subsequently available on a free transfer.

Speaking following PSG’s 1-0 defeat to the German Champions Bayern Munich Silva said:

“It was my last game in Paris. I thank all for the fans for their love.  I will return to Paris and this club that I love in another role.”

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard is believed to be a keen admirer of the centre back He has also spoken of the need to add someone who is more vocal at the back and Silva would certainly fit the criteria.

It is clear now that Lampard wants to add to his back line that shipped 79 goals across all competitions last season.  The West London side also conceded 54 league goals, which was more than any other top half side.

This is a record that will need to be improved upon if the Blues have designs on challenging the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League crown.

Despite Silva’s advancing age of 35, he will still add some much needed experience and leadership to Lampard’s defence.

Indeed, more experienced players such as German international Antonio Rudiger, who has struggled for both form and fitness during the last campaign.

Silva began his career in Brazil before spending a bit of time with the Porto B side for a year, from 2004-2005.  From their he moved to Russian club Dynamo Moscow for the 2005-06 season before spending a further three years back in Brazil with Fluminense (2006-09).

It was 2009 where Silva secured his big move to Italian giants, AC Milan where he spent three years at the Milan based club. In that time he managed to win the Serie A title in 2011 with the likes of Kaka and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the side.

From there, the Brazilian international moved to Paris in 2012, where he has gone on to win a further seven league titles, five French Cups and six French League Cups.

Silva has also earned 89 caps for Brazil, making his debut in 2008 and has recently won the 2019 Copa America.

This clearly demonstrates that Silva has that winning mentally and he certainly could provide Lampard’s side with the organisational skills that could help the Blues achieve further success.

Silva’s main strength is his passing accuracy, which was a staggering 95.45%, the highest in the Ligue 1 2019/20 season.

In the Champions League final, meanwhile, despite being on the losing side this was also clearly demonstrated having completed more passes (38) and having more touches (57) than any other teammate.  He was also successful at keeping one of Europe’s form strikers, Robert Lewandowski, quiet.

The big draw back with this signing, however, will clearly be Silva’s age and whether he has the ability to adjust to the physical demands of the Premier League week in and week out.

Overall, however, this potential signing for Chelsea has a relatively low element of risk due to it being a free transfer and it only being a one-year deal, if nothing else he could help aid the development of the Blue’s youngsters.

Lewandowski on the verge of overhauling Ronaldo’s European record

To think that a 31-year-old Pole is on the verge of overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s record haul of Champions League goals in one season.

Yes, it is true and let’s be honest, very few people would have predicted that Robert Lewandowski would have the honour of getting one over the great Ronaldo.

As it stands, Lewandowski is only four behind the great man’s total after picking up a brace as the German Champions beat Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday for a 7-1 aggregate victory.

Ronaldo’s haul of 17 Champions League goals happened in 2013-14 when he featured for Real Madrid. With the strong possibility of Bayern Munich reaching the final in Lisbon, that amounts to three more games for Lewandowski to surpass Ronaldo’s total.

However, he still has a long way to go to get anywhere near Ronaldo as Champions League top scorer. The Portuguese striker tops the list with 130 with Messi in second on 115. Lewandowski stands in fourth place with 66 so far but that aside one has to marvel at just how well the Pole has been playing this season.

Lewandoski’s incredible season can be summed up by his numbers this season. Over the two legs against Chelsea he played a part in all seven Bayern goals in the tie.

His 53 goals in all competitions this season have come in 36 out of 44 matches. Lewandowski’s haul for both club and country this campaign includes four in a Champions League game away at Red Star Belgrade, a hat trick against Schalke in the Bundesliga and another hat trick- this time for Poland away at Latvia- in a European qualifier.

If you add up his total goals and assists in domestic games over the past two seasons, his tally is an impressive 67, only surpassed by the legend called Messi with 95 for Barcelona.

Already the likes of Tammy Abraham have gone on record to say that Lewandowski is the best striker in the world at the moment. Only today, German legend Lothar Matthaus came out and said that he felt the Pole is not only the best striker in the world but best footballer also.

No doubt the likes of Ronaldo and Messi will have something to say about that but you can’t deny that Lewandowski is a world class player, who one day will become a Bayern all time club legend.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Preview – Title Decider?

Borussia Dortmund host their bitter rivals Bayern Munich on Tuesday in a showdown that could decide who will go on and be crowned Bundesliga champions.

Both sides will go into Tuesday’s encounter on the back of victories at the weekend. Dortmund travelled to Wolfsburg on Saturday and completed a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi, to keep the pressure on leaders Bayern, who responded later in the day with a 5-2 victory at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

In a pulsating game, Bayern took a two-goal half time lead thanks to goals from Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller. Shortly after the break Robert Lewandowski made it 3-0, before Frankfurt staged a fightback, scoring twice in three minutes through defender Martin Hinteregger, the first a volley and the second a header from a corner.

However, any hopes the visitors had of completing a stunning comeback were thwarted when Alphonso Davies made it 4-2 before Hinteregger scored at the wrong end to give Bayern a four-point lead at the top of the table going into Tuesday’s crunch game.

Bayern Munich will go into Tuesday’s game having won 16 of their last 17 games in all competitions. Dortmund, since the return of German top-flight football have completed back to back victories over Schalke and Wolfsburg.

Dortmund will be looking for revenge on Tuesday evening after slumping to a 4-0 defeat against Bayern in the reverse fixture back in November. Both these giant German sides have not played out a goalless draw in the league since March 2016.

It will be no surprise to anybody to tell you that Lewandowski, has been a thorn in Dortmund’s side, scoring 10 goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions against his former club.

Bayern, should they win at Dortmund, would surely be on course for their eighth straight Bundesliga title, so the pressure to snatch victory falls on the shoulders of the hosts.

Normally the match would have The Yellow Wall supporting BVB, but with the now familiar sight of the stands empty, there will be no significant advantage for Dortmund.

Key players to watch

Lewandowski and Erling Haaland will certainly be two of the main players to watch out for on Tuesday. Haaland, has already netted 41 goals in total this season, with 13 coming from 12 appearances in a Dortmund shirt since moving from Red Bull Salzberg in the winter. Guerreiro is in prolific form for the hosts along with Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan.

Aside from Lewandowski, Bayern have winners on the pitch in the shape of Muller and Ivan Perisic alongside former Arsenal youngster Gnabry who is excelling in a Bayern shirt this season, having already banged in 11 goals.

All eyes on Tuesday will be on Jadon Sancho, who has recently been struggling with a groin strain, starting the last two matches on the bench. Sancho, came on to set up Dortmund’s second goal on Saturday and certainly has strong claims to start on Tuesday.

The hosts may have to be without the services of defender Matts Hummels who left the field on Saturday at half-time with a heel problem. If he does miss out, this will be a big blow to Dortmund as Hummels is a player who holds this fine Dortmund side together.

Prediction

Don’t expect a classic on Tuesday, as this could well be a cagy affair. Our prediction, for what it is worth would be a narrow Bayern Munich win.

How to view

Fans in the UK can watch this game live on BT Sport on Tuesday with a 5.30 pm kick-off time.

Article written by Peter Moore