Munich – FC Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski continued his record-breaking run of scoring form on Sunday by hitting a brace in the defending champions' 5-1 Klassiker victory over former club Borussia Dortmund.
'I know I can help the team'
Speaking after the final whistle, the 27-year-old Poland star reflected on the triumph, his own remarkable purple patch and the contribution of team-mate Jerome Boateng.
Question: Robert Lewandowski, what was the key to your victory over Dortmund?
Robert Lewandowski: In the first half they played very well but we still managed to score twice. Things were a bit different after the break. We were very good in defence and almost scored with every shot on goal. After Dortmund pulled a goal back they might have been thinking they’d be able to get a point, but once we made it 3-1 it was clear we’d win.
Question: Your goal to make it 3-1 straight away in the second half was the decisive moment of the game. Talk us through it…
Lewandowski: I received an outstanding pass from Jerome [Boateng]. I didn’t even see the ball at first but I just kept running. After I’d controlled the ball I was already beyond the goalkeeper so the goal was empty.
'We need to stay in form'
Question: Boateng also set up Thomas Müller for the opening goal with a superb long ball. What else makes him so good?
Lewandowski: Jerome’s a good player and a good guy. He likes playing passes like that and tries it almost in every game. The passes he played to Thomas and me were excellent. When we’re on top of our game then we can get in to situations like that.
Question: You have now scored nine goals in your last three successive Bundesliga games. How can you explain that? Is it down to the team or your own form?
Lewandowski: It’s a combination of everything. I got two more goals but at the moment I’m not thinking about how many I’ve scored. It’s far more important that we picked up another three points. I know that I can help the team with my goals, but we win as a team.
Question: You now have 12 goals after eight rounds of matches, equalling Gerd Müller’s tally from the 1968/69 season, and are well on the way to breaking the 40-goal record he set at the end of that campaign. Is that something you’re targeting?
Lewandowski: [Smiles] It’s still way too early to be thinking about that.
Question: Are you currently in the form of your life?
Lewandowski: I want to improve every year. A lot of people only expect me to score goals but I want to be a better player too. Scoring is one thing, but we also need to win and play well.
Question: What impact will this victory have on the rest of the season?
Lewandowski: It was a very important win for us. When we play here in the Allianz Arena and are on top of our game then it’s very difficult for any team to play against us. But there are still a lot of games to play before the season is over and it doesn’t matter how many points ahead we are, we need to keep working hard. We can’t make the same mistakes we made last year. We weren’t in good form at important times at the end of the season. We need to stay in form, regardless of whether it’s Matchday 12 or Matchday 25. We know what we did wrong last year and hopefully we’ll be better this year.
Question: Was it a special game for you going up against your former team-mates?
Lewandowski: I’m still in touch with a few of them and I’m happy that BVB are playing much better than they were last season. They’ve got a good chance of reaching the final of the Europa League and maybe even of winning it. But when we meet out on the pitch then I only have one objective in mind with Bayern.
Maximilian Lotz reporting from Munich