Miroslav Klose (42), the all-time top scorer in the World Cup, warns Erling Braut Haaland (20) that he must develop his skills as the defenders get to know him.
The German does so in the football magazine, which has compared the top scorers Haaland and Robert Lewandowski (32) before Wednesday’s super cup final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
When the clubs met in the Bundesliga in May, none of them came on the scoring list (Bayern won 1-0 after scoring by Joshua Kimmich).
Kicker’s compilation shows that Haaland is far ahead of Lewandowski’s “form” – if you compare the first 17 matches for the Pole with the 17 matches that the Norwegian has played so far.
Kicker has also set up what the two did in the spring season 2020, and ends there with a 7-4 “victory” for Lewandowski.
– Haaland is a good striker with a strong mentality. Attitude, will, strength – everything is very good, says Klose to Kicker. But adds that Haaland must develop:
– At the moment, Haaland is aiming to get the ball in the back room and use his pace. But after two or three years, the opponents have analyzed you, and then you have to change and adapt, continues Miroslav Klose, who today is part of Bayern Munich’s coaching team. Hansi Flick has – naturally enough – given Klose the main task of working with his attackers. Klose has scored 16 goals in 24 matches over four World Cup tournaments. Second best is Brazilian Ronaldo, with 15 goals in 19 games, while German Gerd Müller is in third place over the all-time World Cup top scorers, with 14 goals in 13 games.
Kicker has put together two photos of Lewandowski and Haaland, where both have Dortmund’s yellow suit. The headline is “The Crown Prince”, and among those interviewed is also Sebastian Kehl, who played with the Pole at the time and who today works in the BVB system. He believes that Lewandowski did not have as much pressure on him as Haaland now has.
– Lewy came to us as a great talent. Haaland, on the other hand, was already at a high level when he arrived, and with a completely different reputation than Lewandowski had at the time.