Created on 2017-02-26 at 12:25 PM by Redaktion
Match official Bastian Dankert pointed to the spot when Hamburg's Mergim Mavraj resorted to a foul to stop Thomas Müller in the box. Up stepped Robert Lewandowski, who netted his sixth Bundesliga penalty for FC Bayern before scoring two more goals: a perfect division of labour.
"I'm pleased he's scored three goals," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge remarked. Like last season, Polish hitman Lewy is involved in a hot contest with Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the scorer rankings. "It's going to be highly interesting," commented Rummenigge, who has "great trust" in Lewandowski. The top scorer chart does not play "an important role" for the Pole, a modest Lewandowski revealed: "The main thing for me is what the team and I do out on the pitch."
Besides his nose for goal, Rummenigge listed more reasons why the 28-year-old is indispensable for FC Bayern. "You can see every week that he's a top striker," the former world-class forward declared. "Besides his goals and strong displays it's important for us that he's never injured." The chairman went on to compare the Poland captain to Der Bomber: "Robert is in the same category as Gerd Müller!"
'Thomas is incredibly important'
Lewandowski was flattered by the comparison to the legend who boasts 365 goals, although the pair are hardly cut from the same cloth. "I write my own story. I'm pleased if they say I'm in the same category as Gerd Müller or other great FC Bayern forwards. But I want to bring something new, something others haven't brought," explained Lewandowski. According to Philipp Lahm the Pole succeeds at that over and over again: "He's a goal-getter through and through. He's incredibly strong in the box, and he's demonstrating it now."
Lewandowski gladly accepted the praise, but paid compliments himself, for example to fellow forward Thomas Müller. "He's provided three superb assists. It doesn't matter that he's not scoring at the moment. He's incredibly strong," Lewy said, whereas boss Carlo Ancelotti analysed: "Thomas Müller was the best player on the pitch even if he didn't score. Müller was the key to this victory." Robben added: "He creates space for Lewy and for me. He's extremely important."