Champions League news

Lewandowski preaches attack for UCL

March 4, 2013
By ESPN staff

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has hinted his side will be chasing goals when it hosts Champions League opponent Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring Dortmund's winner at Leverkusen
GettyImagesRobert Lewandowski has urged his team-mates to attack Shakhtar.

Dortmund have the upper hand heading into the second leg after leaving Ukraine with a 2-2 draw and need only a scoreless draw to progress to the quarter-finals.

But Polish international Lewandowski said playing for the draw is a dangerous gamble, believing Dortmund would be better suited persisting with an attacking frame of mind.

"Donetsk scored twice against us in the first leg and they showed how dangerous they are," Lewandowski told Bundesliga.com. "We can't play for a draw, or aim to get a 0-0 or 1-1. That would be far too dangerous.

"We desperately want to win it, even if it's not going to be easy. We know that we can score against Donetsk because we showed that in the first leg, and we should also get at least one goal on Tuesday.

"We're at home after all, so we've got to be positive. We want to, and have to, get into the next round and that is the clear objective on Tuesday."

And despite Shakhtar only recently returning from their winter break, the 24-year-old Lewandowski is adamant the Ukrainian outfit will be sharp enough to take any chances Dortmund offers its visitors.

"They are always good away from home. They've now played their first game after the long winter break in the Ukrainian league so they'll be fit and certainly in more of a rhythm than they were in the first leg," he said.

"But that's not going to be decisive. We've got to ensure we focus on ourselves and play the best we can. That's what matters the most, and that way we'll be successful again."