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Lewandowski: I can run through fire for Klopp

first_imgBayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski may strike fear into the hearts of defenders across the continent, but he has not forgotten the man who helped thrust him to global stardom as a wide-eyed young hopeful: former Borussia Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp. LewandowskiAdvertisement Lewandowski was almost 22 when he joined Klopp’s BVB in summer 2010 in what was his first spell outside his native Poland.In his debut season in Germany he scored eight times in 33 Bundesliga outings – most of which came as a substitute in the closing stages of matches – en route to winning the 2010/11 Bundesliga title, but readily admits to difficulties adapting to his new surroundings.“I joined Dortmund as a young player and initially it wasn’t easy,” he told Polish publication Prawda Futbolu. “Obviously Jürgen wasn’t my dad, but in different ways he sort of adopted that role. He was one of the main factors behind my development and he opened the door to the big wide world of football for me.”Klopp kept faith in his young charge through the tough times, and Lewandowski eventually ousted Lucas Barrios as the go-to forward at the Signal Iduna Park before moving on to Bayern in July 2014. read also; FA Cup: Klopp rates Minamino’s Liverpool debut after Everton winThe following season proved to be Klopp’s last in Dortmund, and he took charge at Liverpool in October 2015.“He’s got charisma and knows how to create the right atmosphere in a team,” Lewandowski continued. “On top of that, he’s able to find the right balance between fun and more serious criticism. He’s a coach you’d run through fire for.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

Di Maria will not quit Old Trafford

first_imgAngel Di Maria insists he does not want to leave Manchester United but admits he is at a loss as to why he has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford. The Argentinian joined the Red Devils for a British-record £59.7million in the summer but, after a promising start to his career in England, injury and a loss of form saw him finish the season on the bench. That has prompted some talk of a move away, with reports in Spain suggesting Barcelona are set to make an audacious move for the forward who only left arch-rivals Real Madrid 10 months ago. But Di Maria, currently at the Copa America with Argentina, has stressed he will stay and fight for his place, despite revealing he is in an “uncomfortable” position. “I started well with goals and assists,” he told Argentinian newspaper Ole. “I was having a good time, until I was outside (of the first team). “It’s a little hard to explain why I do not play.” Asked if he was uncomfortable, he added: “‘Yes, for me and my family. Because not everything goes as I want, because I don’t play. “I came with an intention and ended up on the bench. It’s hard to say how I feel there. “No (I will not leave) because I’m not thinking like that. “In Madrid there were times when I was whistled around the stadium but I faced it and then it turned around. I like to deal with things. “I’ve demonstrated what I do for several years.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more