Munich (dpa) – Ahead of the world football freestyle, Robert Lewandowski beat the three-time winner for the last try of Munich’s triumph year.
“We have to accelerate – no matter how good Leverkusen is,” said the third striker with 250 goals in Bundesliga history before the upcoming top game. “We have to try everything to win the last game,” said the European and German footballer of the year. In 2020, he clearly overshadowed multiple world footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
With the brace in the 2-1 win against VfL Wolfsburg, Lewandowski broke the milestone in the 332nd league game with 251 goals, previously only achieved by German striker legends Gerd Müller (365) and Klaus Fischer (268). Manuel Neuer, who excelled as a savior in the final phase, testified to the team council colleague a “super performance”. “He’s there to push us forward. He’s not only done that this time, but also for the past few years,” said the captain.
Lewandowski scored 43 goals in the calendar year that ended with five team titles, in which the Munich team did not lose at home thanks to their success against Wolfsburg, as they did in 1981. “Both Manu and Lewy are of incredible quality,” said coach Hansi Flick. Like his two executives, the 55-year-old successful coach was hailed by the world association when he was nominated to the top 3 for a great year.
After the presentation on Thursday evening in Zurich, only Leverkusen counts for the honorable Munich trio, which finished 1. FC Köln 4-0 in the Rhineland derby. With a win at leader Bayer on Saturday, the current number one Bayern would overwinter.
“We want to end a great and very successful 2020 in Leverkusen with a three-point if possible,” said Flick, who was also happy with the success of Wolfsburg on Wednesday evening for family reasons. ‘I promised my mother, who has her birthday today, three points. So I’m happy. ‘
Before the competition top for the short Christmas break, Flick still has to solve the remaining puzzle. His star ensemble was at the back of the competition six times in a row. “We came back, hit it cold, scored our goals and did our job,” said Neuer pragmatically after his 200th Bundesliga victory for Bayern. However, the fact that this season he has to save more often than is actually intended in the job profile of a goalkeeper from Munich is surprising. “We rarely played to zero,” agreed Neuer, “but it’s my job.”
At the front, Lewandowski, behind Neuer – de Wolfsburg, unbeaten until the courageous performance in Munich, experienced the still valid formula of success up close. “Bayern has the best goalkeeper in the world and the best player in the world,” groaned VfL goalscorer Maximilian Philipp.
The once stubborn Lewandowski, “the most complete player in the world” according to former world footballer Lothar Matthäus, has long been praised for his performances that serve the team. But then the Pole does not want to be seen as an altruist.
“You probably always have to be selfish to maintain this instinct for goals,” the 32-year-old said with a laugh. Less selfish? I prefer it if selfishness continues. ‘ Klaus Fischer’s target brand is attractive. And what about the “eternal” album by Gerd Müller? With this Robert Lewandowski that does not seem completely impossible.