Robert Lewandowski prepared for next week’s meeting with the former Bayern Munich club by scoring a superb hat-trick in Barcelona’s crushing Champions League win over Victoria Plzen.
The 34-year-old Polish striker showed his worth by scoring eight goals in five matches Since leaving Bayern Munich in July.
Lewandowski, who helped Bayern win the championship in the 2019-20 season, made his Champions League debut with Barcelona with a clinical finish that doubled his lead after Frank Kessie led the hosts up front.
He then made it 3-1 in the first half with a header after Ousmane Dembele managed to recover the ball before making a fine cross.
Viktoria Plzen briefly gave her Czech Republic fans something to cheer about when Jan Sikora headered past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but Barcelona – and Lewandowski – proved overbearing.
Lewandowski completed a hat-trick after 67 minutes after a crucial pass to former Manchester City striker Ferran Torres, who added the fifth goal.
“Lewandowski showed his class tonight. He is rightly considered one of the best strikers in the world,” said Michal Bielik, coach of Viktoria Plzen.
Lewandowski is the first player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League for three different teams – Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
He has now scored 32 goals in his last 20 Champions League group stage matches.
This result was the perfect start to Group C for Barcelona who face Bayern – 2-0 Inter Milan winner Next Tuesday (20:00 GMT).
Lewandowski joined Bayern Munich on a free transfer in 2014 after leaving Borussia Dortmund and scored 50 goals in 46 games last season as he helped Bayern win the tenth consecutive title in the German League.
He scored 344 goals in 374 games for Bayern and is the team’s second all-time top scorer behind Gerd Muller.
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- 19Caseyhas been replaced byToriin 81 ‘Minutes
- 21de Jong
- 8Gonzalezhas been replaced byBiz Javirain 75 ‘Minutes
- 7Dembelehas been replaced byDebyein 75 ‘Minutes
- 10Fatty Scallophas been replaced byTorresin 65′Minutes
- 26Peña Souturis
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- 88Vulcanovahas been replaced byCemsin 78 ‘Minutes
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Match ends, Barcelona 5, Viktoria Plzen 1.
The second half ends, Barcelona 5, Victoria Plzen 1.
Attempt is prohibited. Pavel Bucha (Victoria Plzen) right-footed shot is blocked from outside the penalty area. Assisted by Eric Gerka.
Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) won from a free kick in the attacking half.
Error by Alice Cermak (Victoria Plzen).
Corner, Victoria Plzen. Against Jules Conde.
Replacement, Victoria Plzen. Libor Holik replaces Vaclav Jemelka.
Offside, Victoria Plzen. Václav Pilar attempts a through pass, but Václav Jemelka is caught offside.
Foul by Pablo Toure (Barcelona).
Erich Gerka (Victoria Plzen) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Victoria Plzen. Ales Cermák attempts a through pass, but Václav Pilar is caught offside.
Alternative, Barcelona. Pablo Toure replaces Frank Casey.
Replacement, Victoria Plzen. Eric Gerka replaces John Mosquera.
Replacement, Victoria Plzen. Vaclav Pilar replaces Jean Sikora.
Replacement, Victoria Plzen. Ales Cermák replaces Adam Vlkanova.
Attempt is prohibited. Jan Sikora (Victoria Plzen) is blocked with his left foot from the left side of the penalty area. Assisted by Adam Velkanova.
Attempt saved. Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona) right-footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked in the lower right corner.
Alternative, Barcelona. Memphis Depay replaces Ousmane Dembele.
Alternative, Barcelona. Gavi replaces Pedri.
Corner, Barcelona. Against Pavel Bucha.