Monday February 22 2021
Immobile: ‘Lewandowski the best No.9 the world’

Ciro Immobile believes Robert Lewandowski is ‘the best No.9 in the world’, but claims Lazio can create problems for Bayern Munich looking in their weak spots.

Lazio host Bayern Munich at the Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.

“It’s right to consider [this tie] a prize. Facing the best [clubs] gives you satisfaction and extra motivation,” Immobile told

“Obviously, it will be a very difficult game. We will try to do our best in the two legs, aware that we won't change our style of play. We will always do what we know, and we know that we will have to give something extra to achieve the perfect game.

“They're a very [attack-minded] team, who play quick, total football, so it will be difficult for us to stop their attacks; then we'll look to cause them problems in their weak spots.

“It’s clear we won’t have as many chances as in previous games, so we have to be focused on taking advantage of them.

“We’re going up against the winners of last year's Champions League. It will be essential for us to understand every aspect of this game; however it finishes, though, we have to be pleased with the work we've done in the Champions League.

“Getting here after 20 years is a big result for the club and a source of happiness.”

The big talking point ahead of the game concerns the meeting between the Italy striker and Robert Lewandowski.

“Lewandowski is never satisfied. Every year he tries to improve and go beyond his limits, even if they are already exceptional,” Immobile said.

“He is a complete striker. I think he is currently the best No9 in the world, so we have to be very careful. It was crazy to beat him in the race for the Golden Boot. To challenge great players like him and [Cristiano] Ronaldo brought me great happiness.”