- Robert Lewandowski made his La Liga debut for Barcelona against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening
- The former Bayern Munich forward fired blank as the hosts were frustrated in the Spanish Primera Division opener
- Lewandowski sealed a move to the Blaugrana this summer, penning a 3-year contract thereby ending his 8-year stint with Bayern
Robert Lewandowski has received criticism from the Spanish press after making his debut in the LaLiga for Barcelona on Saturday.
The Catalans were held to a goalless draw at the Camp Nou by Rayo Vallecano in the opening game as the Poland international endured a frustrating night.
Barcelona will now have to play catch-up to arch-rivals Real Madrid as they are presently 2 points behind the current La Liga champions after Los Blancos defeated Almeria in matchday 1.
And after the game, Spanish publication Marca wrote, quoted by Bavarianfootballworks:
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“The Pole learned a lot in his first game. At a good point in the game, especially in the first half, he was isolated and forced to go into his own half too often.”
“The other lesson is that the fans don’t really cheer for their team. Yes, they are motivated in big games, but not in one like yesterday. It’s not the Bundesliga here, so he had to ask people to cheer.”
El Mundo Deportivo reported:
"Lewy being incohesive with the rest of the squad, resulting in him doing work on his own. “He was tired of creating spaces by forcing Rayo defender Catena to lose his position to leave. But he didn’t know what to do to get someone alluding to him.”
Lewandwoski sealed a move to the Blaugrana this summer, penning a 3-year contract thereby ending his 8-year relationship with Bayern Munich.
The Pole had forced a move away from the Bundesliga giants after handing in a transfer request following a falling out with the club’s hierarchy.
Barcelona Officials Puzzled and Disturbed Over Poor Officiating
Barcelona officials have questioned the officiating in the Catalans goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano in their opening game of the 2022/23 La Liga campaign.
Center referee, Hernandez Hernandez has been criticized for his handling of the game as Barcelona officials felt he turned down two penalty decisions against the Catalan giants.
Rayo Vallecano player, Izi Palazon assaulted and wrestled Robert Lewandowski to the ground inside Rayo Vallecano in the first half, but the referee ignored it and allowed play to continue.
Barcelona Set to Offload 6 Players as Transfer Window Enters Final Weeks
Jordi Alba involved in heated exchange with Rayo Vallecano player after Barcelona goalless draw at Camp Nou
Sports Brief earlier reported that Spanish giants FC Barcelona are prepared to offload six players as the summer transfer market enters its crazy last few days.
The Blaugrana completed the signings of five players but were able to register four La Liga before their game against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
The Catalan giants were able to register Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, and Raphina except for French defender Koundé who is currently recovering from injury.