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Barcelona midfielder Pedri paid tribute to new signing Robert Lewandowski after the Poland international opened the scoring for the Catalan giants in La Liga in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Real Sociedad. It took Lewandowski just 46 seconds to score his first goal for his new club on his 34th birthday. The striker added a second after the break as Xavi’s side secured their first win of the new campaign.
Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati were also on target for the visitors, whose La Liga campaign is now underway after they started with a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Rayo Vallecano.
What did Pedri say about Lewandowski?
Pedri spoke to Movistar after a win at the Reale Arena about Lewandowski’s goalscoring ability and his desire to work in the team. “Even though he’s 34, he looks like he’s 20,” he said. “It’s crazy how many goals he’s scored and, above all how he works in the team, he helps us a lot.”
Lewandowski also shared his thoughts after the match and believes Xavi’s new-look side will only improve as the season progresses.
“It’s just a matter of time before we understand each other better and I think we will,” he added.
“It’s a great team with young players and others with more experience, and we’re trying to give advice.”
Lewandowski the “Present and Future” of Barca.
Barcelona manager Xavi also spoke about Lewandowski after his side’s win and believes the striker still has many years left at the top of the game.
“Everyone has seen that Lewandowski can make a difference,” he said. “He is an example for the team because of his sacrifices. He is a player of the present and the future. Lewandowski signed a four-year deal with Barcelona this summer when he moved from Bayern Munich for €45m (£38m/$45m), with an additional €5m (£4.3m/$5m) in potential add-ons.