Dante: Lewandowski best striker in the world

The Brazil international is wary of the Poland international and is full of respect for Jurgen Klopp’s men ahead of Saturday’s showpiece

Bayern Munich defender Dante has nothing but praise for Robert Lewandowski ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final and has warned his team-mates not to underestimate Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesliga champions have won two of their four games versus Dortmund so far this season, while drawing the other two matches, but Dante has stressed that Jurgen Klopp’s men represent a formidable opponent due to the speed at which they operate.

“Lewandowski is the best striker in the world at the moment and it will not be easy to play against him. But we can cope with him if we play compact and remain focused,” Dante said at a press conference.

“There’s more to Dortmund than Lewandowski, though. They’re an excellent team and they’re very combative, no matter whether they’re in possession or hitting you on the counter, when they can be very fast and dangerous. Dortmund really deserve to have got this far,” the defender added in an interview with the official Fifa website.

“I don’t think it matters who you’re up against because it’s a Champions League final. Obviously neutrals would see it as more of a European final if Real Madrid or Barcelona were in it, but for the players it doesn’t make any difference.”

Saturday’s encounter at Wembley, the first all-German Champions League final, is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.

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