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Lewandowski-less Bayern no more favorites against PSG – Altintop

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A knee problem will prevent the prolific Pole from participating in both legs of the Champions League quarter-finals tie.

Robert Lewandowski’s absence means Bayern Munich can no longer be considered favorites against Paris Saint-Germain, according to Hamit Altintop.

Lewandowski returned from international duty unfit and was forced to sit out his side’s Bundesliga outing against Stuttgart.

Bayern are set to face arguably their biggest test of the season yet on Tuesday night but they will have to find a way without the crown jewel of their star-studded team.

The striker is the European and German champions’ most lethal weapon, having an incredible 50 goal contribution in just 36 appearances across all competitions so far this season.

“This news is very bad for Bayern Munich,” Altintop told exclusively to Goal. “Now, we will see how good they are. How will they be without Lewandowski? It is very interesting for all football supporters.

“Before this news, I thought Bayern Munich over two games were of course favourites. But now, without him, it will be very interesting.

“They have played every game for nine or 10 months with Lewandowski, and now it will be different. He [Flick] has to change his system.

“The game with Lewandowski is very different. He can keep the ball, make the game fast and make it difficult for defenders with his power and quality.”