The first international break of the new season is already underway with several Barcelona stars representing their national teams in the UEFA Nations League.
One of the players expected to play a key for his respective country is Robert Lewandowski. The Barça forward is set to spearhead the Poland side that are in desperate need of a win, having collected just four points from four matches.
The Poles are set to restart their Nations League campaign on Thursday as they play hosts to the Netherlands.
Heading into this contest, the Netherlands’ head coach Louis van Gaal showered praise on Poland captain Robert Lewandowski for his consistent performances in Europe over the years. He even hailed the Barça frontman as the best striker in the world.
“I think Lewandowski is the best striker in the world,” said van Gaal in his pre-match press conference.
Van Gaal’s thoughts on Lewandowski are not surprising as the Dutchman is believed to be a huge admirer of the Polish international. During his time at Manchester United, the veteran coach had even tried to sign the former Bayern Munich star, though the move never materialised.
Van Gaal’s comments were echoed by Lewandowski’s Barcelona teammate Frenkie de Jong.
“Robert Lewandowski is a really nice person. He is one of the best players in the world and he is an all-round striker. He is strong, he can hold the ball, his technical ability is really good, he makes a lot of runs and he scores a lot of goals,” said the midfielder.
However, both van Gaal and de Jong must now look past their admiration of Lewandowski as they face the daunting task of keeping the Polish frontman quiet in the upcoming contest at Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw.