- Lewandowski leads Bundesliga scoring charts with 29 goals.
- Poland international could become first man in nearly 40 years to reach 30.
- Bayern face Hannover on Saturday in final game of the season.
The Poland international forward leads the German top-flight’s goalscoring charts with 29, four strikes clear of the field with 90 minutes of the season remaining. However, he still hopes to find the net against relegated Hannover 96 on Saturday to become the first man in almost 40 years to reach the 30-goal barrier and secure the Torjägerkanone for the Bundesliga's leading scorer in style.
bundesliga.com: You've already won the title with Bayern. Everyone is now talking about the next possible title in the DFB Cup final where you play Borussia Dortmund. But you can win another title on the last day of the season…
Robert Lewandowski: [laughs] I bet you're talking about the Torjägerkanone.
bundesliga.com: Exactly. So, hand on heart, how important is the Torjägerkanone for you?
Lewandowski: I would be very happy to win it. It's a special award for a striker.
bundesliga.com: You have 29 goals, four more than your closest rival, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. No forward has ever missed out on the Torjägerkanone with such an advantage at this stage of a season…
Lewandowski: [laughs] I hope that remains the case! But I don’t want to rely on my lead, I have ambitions for the last day…
bundesliga.com: Now we're curious…
Lewandowski: I hope to get another goal. I would have 30 then, and that would be a really good achievement. The whole team is behind such an achievement, and it would be a further reason for us to celebrate a fourth successive title. No-one has ever done that before.
'I just thought about scoring as many goals as possible'
bundesliga.com: Have you been surprised that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has challenged you so consistently? He was even ahead 18-15 at the winter break...
Lewandowski: It was quite something that he scored 18 goals in 17 games in the first half of the season. During the winter break, I thought to myself, 'Hmm, I'm three goals behind, this is going to be tough. I have to push on in the Rückrunde.' When I saw he had scored another goal, it increased my motivation to score again. Now, I have 29.
bundesliga.com: You never lost your nerve?
Lewandowski: I just thought about scoring as many goals as possible. You can never allow yourself to lose your nerve. The main thing is the success of the team, not my individual success.
bundesliga.com: Do you absolutely want to reach the 30-goal barrier before you lift the Meisterschale and the whole of Munich celebrates the title? Dieter Müller was the last to do it in the 1976/77 season.
Lewandowski: [laughs] I have also heard that, that it's been such a long time since anyone did it. Perhaps I'll get more than one. But mostly I'm happy that I can win it for a second time after 2014.
bundesliga.com: In 2016, you have equalled the record of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who became the first foreigner to score 29 goals in 2011/12.
Lewandowski: [laughs] So you see how important a 30th goal would be? Seriously, we want to give our fans a great end to the Bundesliga season and a fantastic party, because we have achieved something special together. If the Torjägerkanone comes with it, all the better.
bundesliga.com: Do you sometimes still think about the five goals you scored in barely nine minutes against VfL Wolfsburg in September?
Lewandowski: [laughs] That was an unbelievable story for Bayern and me. I still can't really explain it even today. It's true that after scoring a goal, every forward wants to score another. That's also the case for me. We were 1-0 down at half-time and needed goals, but nobody expected that we would soon have five.
bundesliga.com: Did you think about the Torjägerkanone at that time?
Lewandowski: Of course I celebrated that crazy moment, scoring five goals and three important points. The title remains the most important thing for the team, not the Torjägerkanone. When you get to the last game of the season, sometimes you think about who has scored the most goals, but it's nothing in comparison to the title, which you have to work for over a long period of time.