5 facts on Lewandowski's hat-trick against Stuttgart
In addition to a tight title race, the big topic of discussion in the Bundesliga community concerns a highly exciting prospect: Will Robert Lewandowski break Gerd Müller's single-season 40-goal record? However, the world player of the year isn't letting that topic distract him. "I just want to do my job," he said after FCB's 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart. Once again, he did his job perfectly with a hat-trick, and now has 35 league goals to his name. fcbayern.com has collected some interesting facts that have arisen off the back of Lewandowski's performance against VfB.
1. Right, left & header - a maiden first-half perfect hat-trick
For the first time in his career, Lewandowski scored three times before the break in the Bundesliga. Proving that he is the complete striker, he scored the first with his right foot after driving in and getting his foot in front of his opponent. The second goal was an excellent header by the Bundesliga's top goalscorer, and the third was scored with his left foot, giving VfB goalkeeper Gregor Kobel no chance.
2. Lewandowski surpasses Klaus Fischer into outright second
Thanks to this treble, the Munich player now has a total of 271 Bundesliga goals over his career, which means Lewandowski has surpassed Klaus Fischer (268 goals) into outright second in the all-time scoring list. Der Bomber is the only player still ahead of him, with 365 league goals.
3. New personal best
With 35 goals this season, Lewandowski has already beaten his previous personal best (34 goals last term) for a full league campaign. He's bettered his previous best by one goal, with another eight matchdays still to play. Only Gerd Müller has scored more goals after a full 34-match season: 36 in 1972/73, 38 in 1969/70 and 40 in 1971/72.
4. Record 35 goals after 26 games
Müller's record after 26 games - and the previous league record - was 31 goals in 1971/72. Lewandowski has now smashed that total, having scored four more. On a personal level, FCB's No.9 now has nine more goals than he's ever had before at this point.
5. Lewandowski sets new club and league record
Lewy's opening goal meant the record champions scored for the 61st competitive match in a row. It equalled their club record set across 2013 and 2014 under Pep Guardiola. They can now set their sights on a new best after the international break. This season, Bayern have scored 78 goals after 26 games, a feat never before achieved by a Bundesliga team.
Reaction from the Bayern and Stuttgart players and coaches after Bayern's 4-0 win: