After the frustrating debut for world footballer Robert Lewandowski at FC Barcelona, coach Xavi has asked the Catalans’ fans for patience with his newly formed star ensemble. Barça were held to a 0-0 draw by Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night in former Bayern striker Lewandowski’s first game in Spain’s Primera Division.
“We wanted to show people that we’re on the right track, but it’s the beginning,” said Xavi. “We ask for patience and that people believe in the team.” It was a disappointment. The team felt the high expectations.
After the nail-biter for his permission to play, Lewandowski was in the starting line-up and played for more than 90 minutes, but without a sense of achievement. During his time at Bayern Munich, he only failed to score in the first Bundesliga game of the season in 2014.
In the exciting final phase alone, the 33-year-old Pole had several chances to score the winning goal. In the 82nd minute, Lewandowski’s shot from 14 yards narrowly missed the left post, and a little later an attempt to take a direct shot after a shot saved by ex-Dortmund player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went wide.