FC Bayern München’s final game of the season promises to be a Meisterschale party, but Robert Lewandowski told bundesliga.com he wants to give the Bundesliga champions another reason to celebrate.
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.
'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.