Already on the trail of a hat-trick of Bundesliga goalscoring accolades, FC Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski is keeping things simple off the field while continuing to delight on it.
Had even a few doubted Lewandowski's chances of finishing the season among the contenders for the Torjägerkanone – the Bundesliga's top goalscorer – the Bayern marksman surely silenced those remaining cynics on Friday night.
About to offer his team-mate a stirring appraisal following his match-winning heroics, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer instead smiled mischievously during a post-game interview and decided on taking a different route.
"He had further chances to score before he did and so should have netted at least another goal," Neuer said. Indeed, the Germany number one's assertion was valid. In the 74th minute of a game that remained scoreless at that point, thanks largely to Schalke's stubborn, resolute defending, Lewandowski skied David Alaba's expert cross from four yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Having subsequently racked up a second win in as many games, however, the miss mattered little in the aftermath, especially as the prolific goalscorer demonstrated his class in the game's crucial moment. With nine minutes remaining, Javi Martinez's defence-splitting pass found the Bayern striker, who applied an admirable finish.
"It's my job to score regularly," Lewy said after his Matchday 1 hat-trick in the 6-0 win against SV Werder Bremen. He backed up those words against Schalke, proving his class, focus and unshakeable determination in a game of few scoring opportunities and one or two spurned chances.
Earning his reward at the end of a difficult encounter proved that the striker is still in top goalscoring form. "We knew we would have to be patient and so I'm happy that we won," Lewandowski offered dryly after the match, leaving the witty ripostes to his team-mate, Neuer.