“I am neither a machine nor an animal, but a human being with all his complexity”: Robert Lewandowski

Barcelona may have returned to the Europa League for a second straight season, but it’s fair to say that Robert Lewandowski has been an inspirational influence on the team’s season so far. In 16 appearances in all competitions, the Polish striker hit the net a total of 17 times. However, setbacks like the one Barcelona suffered in Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich can also hit a mentality champion like him.

“I am neither a machine nor an animal, but a human being with all its complexity. I have bad days and I have my problems and we like to forget that,” Lewandowski told L’Equipe after recently winning the Gerd Müller Trophy.


“It is very difficult to always be at the top. I’ve been working on this for more than 20 years, and you can’t always do the perfect job. And whether you’re a bit off or not feeling well, we ask you to perform.”

Contentment is hardly the key for Lewandowski, who joined FC Barcelona from Bayern Munich earlier this summer.

“You might have scored, played a great game and relieved that tension, but there’s always an after and I can’t dwell on that for too long. If you stop at “I’m the best” it won’t work anymore. When I was little I shot a lot and was never satisfied.”

The 34-year-old added that to be a successful striker, it’s important not to overthink defeat and keep the instinct.

“I also don’t go too much into goalless streaks, that’s something the media and the fans see, but I try to see the rest. Sometimes I have to say it hurts, but this isn’t football.

“The main thing is that when everything starts, I’m in the right place. It’s not a superpower, I don’t think you can be born with it. You can have a natural talent, something that sets you apart, yes, but instinct is never acquired.”

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