Victor Lindelof has been one of the best defenders at the European Championships through two opening games.

Lindelof helped Sweden keep a clean sheet against Spain in their opener, and then against Slovakia on Friday.

Next up he faces a stern test against Poland and Robert Lewandowski.

Spain v Poland - UEFA Euro 2020: Group E
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Lewandowski netted against Spain and he is coming off the back of an incredible Bundesliga season in which he struck 41 goals in 29 games.

In 2021 alone Lewandowski has more than 30 goals in all competitions.

Lindelof was asked about Lewandowski at a press conference and talked up the striker, who he will face on Wednesday at 5pm.

The Manchester United star told SVT Sport: “Relax for a second and he can score a goal. Lewandowski is very smart and good at finding spaces. He is always active and involved in the game. It is important that you are always on your toes and concentrated.”

 

Asked if Lewandowski was the best ‘number nine’ in world football, Lindelof responded: “I keep him very high up there, even if it is difficult to choose, he is absolutely there. We also have Karim Benzema who is a fantastic player.”

What could have been…

Lewandowski told last year how close he came to signing with Manchester United back in 2012.

The Pole was quoted by France Football: “I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson. He wanted me to come to Manchester.”

Dortmund did not want to sell (sound familiar?) and United signed Robin van Persie instead. That worked out pretty well, but Lewandowski’s longevity suggests he would have been the superior option had he been available.

Now 32, Lewandowski has plenty left in him still. Don’t totally rule out a United approach next summer if Bayern Munich win the Erling Haaland race.

Sweden v Slovakia - UEFA Euro 2020: Group E
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Right now he has Euro 2020 success with Poland in his sights but after a surprise loss to Slovakia in their opener, Lewandowski needs his side to beat Sweden to stand a chance of progressing.

Lindelof’s Swedes have played well so far, and are yet to concede a goal. Lewandowski will provide the toughest test yet, and it would be a feather in the United defender’s cap if he can shut the Bayern star out.

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