Bayern Munich star Leon Goretzka claims his former team-mate Robert Lewandowski was ‘spoiled’ during his time with the German side.
The Polish striker, who finished fourth in the recent Ballon d’Or voting, completed a £39m (€45m) move from Munich to Barcelona in the summer having pushed for an exit from the club.
And now, ahead of the two sides meeting in the Champions League, Lewandowski’s old team-mate has goaded the striker and warned that the Bundesliga side will be doing ‘everything to win’.
A former team-mate of Robert Lewandowski claim he was ‘very spoiled’ at Bayern Munich
German midfielder Leon Goretzka made the claim ahead of their Champions League clash
According to BILD, Goretzka said: ‘Lewy was very spoiled at Bayern, always being at least in the round of 16 and progressing. But now we can no longer take that into account.
‘If we play against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou, it can be a preparatory game or a Champions League final, it doesn’t matter!
‘It’s going to be a super cool game that we’re looking forward to. And we will also do everything to win it.’
The pressure will be off Julian Nagelsmann’s side on Wednesday night as they have already secured qualification to the next round.
The two players spent four seasons together at the Bavarian side before Lewandowski’s move
Barcelona were beaten 2-0 when they travelled to Munich earlier in the group stage
Meanwhile, Barcelona sit three points behind Inter Milan and will need three points – as well as Inter avoiding defeat – to stand a chance of progressing.
Fellow Bayern star Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting added fuel to the fire as he warned Lewandowski that it’ll be Barca’s ‘last chance’ to reach the round of 16.
‘It’s their last chance. I’m definitely looking forward to the game and to Lewy,’ the forward said.
‘He’s a world-class player and a great guy. Playing against Barcelona is always something special.’
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting warned Barcelona that it’s their ‘last chance’ to progress in Europe
The Catalan side are in desperate need of three points on Wednesday night after a turbulent Group C campaign thus far.
Their only win has come against Czech side Viktoria Plzeň and they’ve fallen to defeat in two out of the other three games.
A dramatic Lewandowski brace rescued a point for Barca during their 3-3 draw with Inter Milan earlier this month.
As it stands, if Inter beat Plzeň and Barcelona lose to Bayern on Wednesday then Xavi’s side will be demoted to the Europa League with one group game remaining.
Xavi’s side could find themselves in the Europa League if they fall to defeat on Wednesday