Borussia Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer has admitted that Robert Lewandowski's transfer to Bayern Munich this summer is a big blow for BVB and has little doubt the Poland international will succeed at his new club.
The 25-year-old striker will join the Bundesliga champions on a free transfer at the end of the season after four years at Signal Iduna Park and Schmelzer is sad to see his team-mate go.
"On the one hand, it's a shame we're losing such a world-class player, but on the other hand we want to wish him all the best because he's given us so many enjoyable moments as a team," Schmelzer told the official Bundesliga website.
"For us, he's always been one of those players that guarantees success and he scored a lot of important goals."
The left-back also briefly discussed this weekend's DFB Pokal final against Bayern and stressed that Dortmund are determined to beat their domestic rivals and end the season on a high.
"In the last two years, in the finals, the fans were phenomenal," he enthused. "Hopefully, we'll beat Bayern and win the cup again this time.
"It's a final that both teams want to win, which is why it'll be a completely different game than our win over Hertha at the weekend. Of course, we're really looking forward to it.
"In these kind of finals you have a 50-50 chance. In that respect, it doesn't matter who's on their game. The 90, or even 120, minutes are all that matter."
Dortmund and Bayern last met in the DFB Pokal final in 2011-12, when BVB recorded a 5-2 win over their great rivals.