Former world and European champion Robert Pires has praised FC Bayern in the highest tones and even sees the German record champions as the first title contenders in the Champions League. BVB star Erling Haaland also paid great respect to Pires.
Despite great competition, Robert Pires sees FC Bayern as the “absolute top favorite” in the Champions League. That’s what the long-time professional of Arsenal FC said to the “kicker”.
“Julian Nagelsmann has an outstanding squad with two exceptional players in two strategically important positions: Manuel Neuer in goal and Robert Lewandowski in attack. In addition, he has world-class players in all positions who are always at the service of the team,” enthused Pires.
World footballer Lewandowski has earned the Ballon d’Or this year, added the 47-year-old Frenchman. “He hits almost every game, he is very elegant on the ball, he has recently perfected his style of play again by staging his teammates.”
BVB: Erling Haaland “hits without end”
Left-back Alphonso Davies is “unbelievable” because of his impressive speed, said Pires, and he “admires” the midfield team Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
“Both players harmonize wonderfully, they are eminently important for the cohesion and balance of this team. Physically and athletically they are impressive.” There is “currently no better team than Bayern in Europe,” concluded Pires.
BVB striker Erling Haaland also received great praise from the former offensive player. “Although he is still very young, he hits without end. He looks very self-confident, is ice cold in front of the opposing goal. Haaland is the perfect embodiment of the modern striker: He is quick with the ball and impressive in the duels, where he puts his power on almost always asserted, and is now also headed with a strong head, as you could see last. ” The 21-year-old Norwegian is “already one of the best strikers in the world”.
Robert Pires: Lionel Messi “takes time”
In view of the bumpy start of superstar Lionel Messi at his new club Paris Saint-Germain, Pires asked for patience: “Messi takes time. For the first time in over 20 years he is wearing a different jersey from FC Barcelona. So you have to go along with it have patience with him because he has to adapt to his new environment, and that cannot be done overnight. “
The Argentine will also “need a certain amount of playtime to gain a foothold”, Pires predicted.
In the French Ligue 1 is played “differently than in Spain, namely more robust and aggressive”. Even for an exceptional player like Messi, it is “not necessarily easy to immediately show your best face”.