Champions League

Lewandowski calls for cautious approach

2016-04-25 14:59
Robert Lewandowski (AFP)

Cape Town - Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski believes they need to play with care and watch for counter-attacks against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.

Atleti, who are second in the Primera Division behind Barcelona on goal difference, impressively knocked the Catalans out of the competition in the quarter-finals, while the Bavarians overcame Portuguese club Benfica.

Bayern hold a significant advantage over their Spanish counterparts, in that they have all but won the Bundesliga title thanks to a nine-point lead over Dortmund in second with just three games of the season remaining, and a goal difference that is 15 strikes superior.

Nevertheless, Lewandowski has called for caution ahead of the first leg at Estadio Vicente Calderon on Wednesday because of how strong Atletico's defence has been this season.

"They have the best defence in the Spanish Liga. I think they're a team that play on the break. We need to be careful," he told the official UEFA website.

"They have some wonderful players and I think it will be an attractive match. I hope we show our strong side in the first leg in Madrid and take a good result back to Munich.

"We've heard the atmosphere there is among the top three in Europe when it comes to how the fans support their team. I like playing in front of crowds like that.

"Regardless whether you're at home or away, those are always great matches for any player. Even though the crowd might be against you, it motivates you and your adrenalin goes to the limit," he concluded.

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