Speaking after the final whistle, the 27-year-old reflected on his form, Bayern’s injuries and the team’s strength of character.
Question: Robert Lewandowski, congratulations on scoring twice today. What was the key to victory over Hoffenheim?
Robert Lewandowski: I’m really happy and very satisfied that we won and that I scored two goals. Obviously it was a very important win for us but we had to fight for it. We played well and scored two goals more than the opposition.
Question: You have now scored 19 league goals this term, two more than in the entire last season. What targets have you set yourself this year?
Lewandowski: I’m very happy with the two goals. I always want to give my all. Everyone expects a striker to score and I want to too. I also want to help the team to win. I know my goals do that, but I also work hard for the team.
Question: Despite having 29 shots on goal, Bayern ‘only’ scored twice...
Lewandowski: There’ll be games where we score more than two. The most important thing at this stage is to pick up three points in every match. Now we can start focusing on the next fixture on Saturday in order to try and get three more points. We want to play well and score a lot of goals, but sometimes it’s more important to control the game.
'We need to keep fighting'
Question: How damaging is the loss of Jerome Boateng, especially as Javi Martinez, a potential replacement, is a short-term absentee now too?
Lewandowski: We all want to pull in the same direction together. Regardless of the problems we have, we have to keep playing and showing our character, like we did today. The two recent injuries to Jerome and Javi obviously weren’t good news for us. Nevertheless, we need to keep our focus and keep fighting.
Question: How can the team compensate for their absences?
Lewandowski: In theory we have two or three players who can play at centre-back. The most important thing is that we all know how we want to play. I hope the centre-backs we have at the moment are able to stay fit and continue to play well so that we can keep winning.
Question: How would you analyse Bayern’s game today?
Lewandowski: We did what we set out to do. We had the game under control, apart from one situation in the second half which was a bit dangerous. Joshua Kimmich played in that position [at centre-back] for the first time ever and he did really well. That just goes to show the quality of players we have, regardless of the position they’re in.
Maximilian Lotz reporting from Munich