Created on 2021-03-07 at 00:17 AM
An early two-goal deficit against a strong opponent? No matter! Because this man always finds the right answer: Robert Lewandowski put his team on the winning track once again in the 4-2 win in Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund. The Pole scored a brace before the break (26' and 44') to equalise and then put the icing on the cake with a goal to make it 4-2 (90').
Flick emphasises Lewandowski's service to the team
"Three goals are always good. Thank God he did that today," said coach Hansi Flick after the final whistle, delighted with his attacker, whose goal tally now stands at 31 this season. This is not only the best tally in Bundesliga history after 24 games, but would also have been enough to secure the top goal scorer trophy in 52 of the 57 Bundesliga seasons. Gerd Müller's all-time record of 40 goals from the 1971/72 season is no longer looking impenetrable.
"For Lewy, it's important that the team is successful. And if the record falls alongside that it's all the nicer. But the team is the priority," Flick stressed, underlining Lewandowski's qualities as a team player. The numbers prove the FCB coach right: The 32-year-old was once again the key to Bayern's attack. He fired nine shots at goal, more than twice as many as the visitors managed in total (four).
Extra motivation vs. Dortmund
The clash with his former employer is likely to have provided extra motivation - and here the exceptional striker continued an almost ludicrous run of form: In his most recent six home games against BVB, the world footballer of the year has always scored at least twice - a feat never before achieved in Bundesliga history. There is no longer any talk of 'old love' in the match with his former club: no other player in Bundesliga history has scored as often against the Black and Yellows as Lewandowski, who, with 20 goals in 14 encounters, is slowly but surely becoming BVB's bogeyman.
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