Bayern Wait On Record-chasing Lewandowski As Top-four Race Hots Up
Faizan Hashmi 3 months ago Fri 14th May 2021 | 12:01 PM
Berlin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th May, 2021 ) :There are question marks over Robert Lewandowski's fitness as newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich head to Freiburg on Saturday, when he could equal or beat Gerd Mueller's 49-year-old record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season.
Lewandowski only trained for 40 minutes on Thursday.
Bayern insisted he trained "a little shorter than the rest of the team" to keep him fresh after missing three weeks last month with injury.
Lewandowski netted a hat-trick last Saturday, leaving him on 39 league goals this season, in a 6-0 thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach, which confirmed a ninth straight Bundesliga title for Bayern.
"It doesn't help if you want it too much, you have to stay calm and play for the team," said the 32-year-old Lewandowski.
"I have to be grateful that I get so many assists from my team-mates." Lewandowski's tally is all the more remarkable as injury and squad rotation have seen him play only 27 of Bayern's 32 games so far.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is "astounded" by Lewandowski's performances, having believed Mueller's record would last for "eternity".
- Three-way fight for two Champions League places - In the Bundesliga table behind Bayern and second-placed RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt are all battling for the two remaining Champions League places.
There is speculation star striker Erling Braut Haaland could leave if Dortmund fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Leipzig can secure second by avoiding defeat at home against third-placed VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
One to watch: Leroy Sane By his own admission, the Germany winger has struggled to settle at Bayern this season after his high-profile move from Manchester City, having spent most of 2019/20 sidelined with a knee injury.
The 25-year-old scored in the rout of Gladbach and is hungry for more trophies after being part of last Saturday's Bundesliga title party.
"It's always special to win a league title. It's not easy. When you win it once you get a taste for it and it makes you hungry for more," said Sane, who also won two Premier League titles with City.
Key stats 92: Bundesliga goals Bayern Munich have scored this season. Lewandowski has netted 39 of them.
5: Number of Bundesliga hat-tricks Lewandowski has scored this season, one fewer than Gerd Mueller in 1971/72.
90: Goals Lewandowski trails Mueller by in the all-time Bundesliga goalscoring chart. The Pole has scored 275 times in the division, with Mueller netting a remarkable 365.
Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated) Saturday Borussia Moenchengladbach v VfB Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen v Union Berlin, Freiburg v Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin v Cologne, Schalke 04 v Eintracht Frankfurt, Augsburg v Werder Bremen, Arminia Bielefeld v HoffenheimSundayMainz v Borussia Dortmund (1600), RB Leipzig v VfL Wolfsburg (1830)