Lewandowski Attributes Barcelona’s Form Surge to Intensified Training

Robert Lewandowski during Barcelona training / Getty Images
Robert Lewandowski during Barcelona training / Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski credits recent form improvement to intensified training sessions.

Robert Lewandowski attributes part of Barcelona’s recent improvement in form to a change in training routines over the past few weeks. In two separate interviews, one in his home country and another after the match against Atlético Madrid at the Metropolitano, the Polish striker has highlighted an increase in the intensity of exercises, which he believes has been crucial in boosting the team’s win rate in La Liga and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.

Lewandowski stated, after scoring a goal against Atleti and providing two assists, that “in the last two, three, four weeks, we have changed training a little, with more intensity. Physically, I also feel very good. My teammates too. We want to take a step forward. This moment is very important. We not only want to win but also play better,” continued Lewandowski, who emphasized “the quality,” “great potential,” and “great players” of the team.

These statements have been interpreted as a change prompted by the squad, which had demanded more training. However, according to Gabriel Sans of Mundo Deportivo, the club recalls that the reason is quite different. Barcelona played 10 matches in January, with no time for physical training but rather focused on recovery. In contrast, in February, only five matches were played in clean weeks.

Barcelona was the team that played the most matches, one more than Real Madrid and Atlético, six more than Bayern, and six more than Manchester City in the same period, with the added complication of facing seven away games.