Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski: Motivating myself hard without Aubameyang

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski: Motivating myself hard without Aubameyang

'I have studied Besiktas in detail and not only do they have many players who previously played in the Spanish league at Madrid, Barca or Valencia, but they also have two Dutch national team players.

Just when it looked like Besiktas weathered the storm, Mueller got the breakthrough for Bayern before the break, scoring from close range after good work from Coman.

Arturo Vidal had an attempt from the edge of the box easily dealt with and Lewandowski struck the post from a free kick soon after play resumed.

After a promising start, Besiktas' hopes took a blow when Vida was sent off in the 16th minute. Both Bayerns and Catalans are favored in this day's match-ups, although Bayern Munich is expected to handle their day with not much opposition, being favored at 11-2 odds.

It was a typically scrappy effort from a player once described on the German Football Federation's Twitter feed as having the elegance of a swan on ice skates.

6 - Bayern have reached the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last eight seasons.

It was an unmarked Coman who stepped onto Lewandowski's pull back and swept past Fabri to make it 2-0. The Istanbul side advanced out of the Champions League group stage for the first time in their history but are fourth in the Turkish Super Lig this season.

The introduction of defender Dusko Tosic for striker Vagner Love signalled Senol Gunes's intent for the remaining half an hour of the contest - keep the score down and subsequently keep the tie alive ahead of the return match in Turkey three weeks from now.

Robert Lewandowski has scored 17 goals in his last 16 Champions League appearances at the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarians are facing the Turkish Besiktas on the same day that Barcelona heads off to west London to meet Premier League champions Chelsea, according to the Bleacher Report.

Besiktas were a bit of a surprise to us all, proving to be very strong and comfortable in topping their group.

"We expect Robben and Lewandowski to play, maybe Ribery too".

I still think the big teams step up when required and even though Bayern seem to be conceding a few early goals they don't panic when they go behind.

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