Mancini hails Lewandowski and defends Immobile's record
Robert Lewandowski has been one of the greatest players of all time and, according to Italian manager Roberto Mancini, any club could be suffered from playing against a player of his caliber. As the two countries clash in Nations League Group A1, Italians will go head-to-head against the attacker tomorrow.
In all matches in 2019-20, Lewandowski netted 55 goals to help Bayern Munich to win Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and UEFA Champions League treble, and many analysts believe he might have earned the Ballon d'Or this season if the trophy had not been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
During the initial days of this season, he maintained his exceptional form, netting 5 goals in 3 league games in the Bundesliga.
Together in the pre-match press conference, Mancini spoke about Lewandowski's skills, yet embraced his team in order to keep them calm in Gdansk.
"Lewandowski is indeed one of the world's greatest strikers, and he's been for many years. It's a disappointment that we never saw him appearing in Serie A," stated Mancini.
For his side, Lewandowski is crucial, while they still have some fantastic footballers. It's reasonable to assume every squad will struggle against such players.
"Italy, though, have all-time had some of the world's greatest defenders and that is so now. We should change a lot, of course."
Last season, Ciro Immobile had been one of the greatest assets of European football and completed as Serie A's leading goalscorer with 36 goals in 37 games.
At the international level, the Lazio attacker was unable to match that shape and netted only 3 goals in the Mancini time, including two in a 9-1 thrashing of Armenia.
Mancini clarified the fact while supporting Immobile's record: it is tougher to get into a groove in international soccer.
Mancini stated, "This may also be that the two sides perform in somewhat diverse situations."
"While playing for us, Ciro has often done excellently. He would manage to net 25 goals if we had 38 matches in a season along, but it's harder when you just meet up every once in a while."