Robert Lewandowski, for the better part of the last decade, played with one of Europe’s most physically demanding teams at Bayern Munich.
Pep Guardiola and Hansi Flick’s team were among the most pressing and attacking teams in the world at various times in 2010. Conversely, Barcelona have often been criticized for a lack of intensity.
However, things seem to have changed under Xavi. While it is evident that Barça press better and maintain a better tempo, their intensity is best shown during training sessions.
According to a SPORT report, Lewandowski was “pleasantly surprised” by Barcelona’s training sessions. They were physically more exhausting than he expected, but he’s happy just the same.
“I’m more tired than I expected,” he told a Polish journalist after returning from a US tour.
Barcelona’s fitness seemed to be on point against Rayo Vallecano yesterday as the team pushed for victory. The game lasted almost 100 minutes and although it ended in a draw, the home team kept up a high tempo throughout.
If Xavi can correct the mistakes of his predecessors and help Barcelona reach their peak form, the short-term future looks very promising.