Letting Robert Lewandowski go for free only means that Borussia Dortmund will no longer have to pay his yearly salary. They watched him win the top scoring award with a total of 20 strikers in 33 games. Now that he will be joining the reigning Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, they are truly letting their very best and most influential player join their main championship rival.
Speaking of the champions, coach Pep Guardiola is all about the passing game, which is surely becoming a lesser option than others as they have lost twice to arguably the best side in the world, Real Madrid. Domination of corners, possession and even chances will only work if the defenses they face are intimidated enough to leave gaps open in the final third. Real Madrid did just the opposite by bravely countering and bashing the German net several times.
With Lewandowski joining their ranks, Guardiola can still stick to the 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 with the Polish international all alone up top. He played alone up top for Borussia Dortmund and does the same for Poland. He is strong, fast, crafty and has an unbelievable knack for scoring some brilliant goals with both of his feet and head. With the supporting cast he has at Bayern Munich, scoring will not be an issue.
He was winning quite nicely in recent years with Dortmund, but once he realized that Munich were slowly but surely becoming the dominant force in German soccer, he had to give in for not only more money, but success as well. He is expected to be the No. 1 starter ahead of Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro, who are both talented in their own offensive ways.
The fact that Munich were brilliant enough to prize him away from Dortmund for free just shows how powerful and slightly manipulative of a team they are. They are and will continue to be the kings of German soccer, but in Europe, they need someone like Lewandowski to really step up his game to defeat the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and English competition in the latter stages in order to take back their crown.