For a brief moment on Saturday, Robert Lewandowski drew level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts. The Bayern Munich striker moved onto 100 goals for the club, but ended the day on 21 for the season, one behind his Borussia Dortmund rival.
bundesliga.com caught up with the Polish goal predator after Bayern’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt to get his thoughts on this season’s race for the Torjägerkanone. Despite passing the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in his Bundesliga career, Lewandowski is thinking about more than just goals…
Watch: Aubameyang and Lewandowski were deadlocked on 19 goals heading into Matchday 23:
Question: Robert Lewandowski, you scored twice, but because Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also scored, leaving you second in the scoring list. Does that irritate you?
Robert Lewandowski: I'm always happy when I score goals and we win. The most important thing for me is that we’re in first place. What you achieve personally is not important as what you can manage as a team. I don’t think about the goal race and whether or not I have a goal more or less. The team’s more important at the moment- We did well today and won another game.
Question: Your first half-hour was not the strongest...
Lewandowski: In the first half we got two or three warnings from Frankfurt that we would have to play really well to win. Eintracht played really very well. Even if we won 3-0 it wasn’t an easy game for us.
Watch: Lewandowski thought he could have scored more against Eintracht!:
Question: Does this sum up Bayern’s current run of form?
Lewandowski: We showed our class. Our opponents also had chances to score, but we scored and took all three points.
Question: Is the fight for the title nearly decided already?
Lewandowski: We’ve been in this situation before. Two years ago it was very similar. But we still have a target. If we think we can only play 90 per cent in the Bundesliga and still win, that would not be wise of us. We have to give our all in the Bundesliga and try to win every game. The better we play in the Bundesliga, the more it helps us across the board, in the Champions League and the DFB Cup.
Question: Do you feel a difference this season compared to when you had been crowned champions at a very early stage?
Lewandowski: Two years ago it was not perfect for us at the end of the season. We know that we have to play really well until the end of the campaign. We cannot think that we have a seven or 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. Our goal is simple: another game another victory. I’m confident this is how we’ll approach our games.
Maximilian Lotz reporting from Munich