Robert Lewandowski has said that he is annoyed about having to miss Borussia Dortmund's UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Real Madrid next Wednesday with a first-leg suspension.
The 25-year-old became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final when he scored all Dortmund's goals in their 4-1 first-leg trouncing of Real last season en route to losing the final 2-1 to German rivals Bayern. But he sits out next week's Madrid clash having picked up his third yellow card of the tournament in Dortmund's 2-1 last 16 defeat at home to Zenit Saint Petersburg last week as they went through 5-4 on aggregate.
Lewandowski was shown a yellow for a handball from a corner and admits the booking still bothers him, but is relishing facing Real in the return leg on 8 April. "I have driven myself crazy over the annoying yellow card and hope that we leave Madrid with a good result," said the 25-year-old.
"Then I'd be even more motivated for the return leg - I have had a good experience against Real. I believe that we can still go through, even if Real are the favourites and are in top form."
Lewandowski's Dortmund contract expires in June and he has signed a five-year contract with Bayern Munich from next season. The Poland star says he wants to sign off at Dortmund with a title, preferably in a final against his future employers.
Having been confirmed as German champions for the 24th time on Tuesday, Bayern are on course to again win the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles. Both Bayern and Dortmund are still in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and are on a collision course to meet in the German Cup final on 17 May.
"We can once more annoy Bayern," said Lewandowski, who scored a hat-trick when Dortmund trounced Bayern 5-2 in the 2012 German Cup final.