Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski has what it takes to break his own 41-goal Bundesliga scoring record, according to Jürgen Klinsmann.
Speaking at a media round-table involving bundesliga.com, former Germany forward Klinsmann spoke about Lewandowski's extraordinary feat, the Bundesliga's response to the Covid pandemic, Americans in the Bundesliga and the importance of Thomas Müller and Joshua Kimmich to Germany's UEFA Euro 2020 campaign.
Jürgen Klinsmann on…
… Robert Lewandowski's chances of setting a new goals record
"Robert Lewandowski can only set his own standards. What he did this year is just breathtaking. He's a complete number nine, the like of which maybe we haven't seen since Marco van Basten, 20, 25, 30 years ago. It's so much fun to watch him and he's supported by a group of players who constantly feed him the ball. He's at one of the best clubs in the world, best teams in the world, so for him it's probably doable, but the fact he broke that record is just an unbelievable story. Scoring that amount of goals is just insane and if there's one to break it, it's him. He's still got a couple more years in him, if all goes smoothly."
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… The Bundesliga
"The Bundesliga is a very attractive league. It's probably one of the top leagues in the world for goals. The infrastructure is great there. I think you have to give the Bundesliga a huge compliment in how they handled Covid. It was the first league coming out of Covid and playing again. Even the NBA and MLS took it as an example of how to deal with Covid. And there's always drama - just look at the promotion/ relegation play-off. Everyone in Germany will be watching those games. You had drama at the bottom and in the race for Europe. We wanted more drama in the title race, but that's the quality of Bayern Munich. They know exactly when to send out signals, winning key games or beating decisive opponents."
… Americans in the Bundesliga
"It's fun to watch them. It's fun to follow their development, follow their next steps in their careers, their lives and how they handle Europe. I always have a particular eye on the boys in Germany. I see them week in, week out. I see a maturing process. I like to see them grow as players, that they're improving and that they establish themselves as really important players for their teams."
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"I think it's absolutely fantastic. What Jesse's achieved in such a short amount of time is admirable. It shows you that there's not only so much US playing talent, but so much coaching talent. Now he gets rewarded with going from Salzburg, which is already a very strong team, but going up a step to Leipzig, where he can show his qualities."
"Thomas Müller can play a big role in linking up with these young kids up front, whether it's [Leroy] Sane, [Serge] Gnabry or Timo Werner, and help them - [Kai] Havertz is another one. They're all still maturing, so that could be a big help."
… The importance of Joshua Kimmich for Germany at the Euros
"If there's one particular player that I really admire throughout the last three or four years, it's Joshua Kimmich. In such a short space of time, he became the leader of the Germany national team, the link you know, between defence and attack.
"He controls the tempo, he can speed it up or slow it down. I think he will be a key player for Germany going into the Euros."