- Lewandowski onto seven goals for the season.
- Pole scores two and sets up one for Robben in 3-1 win in Augsburg.
- Bayern's potential new double-act gives record champions extra belief.
The end of his goalscoring drought was practically inevitable. Robert Lewandowski had not scored more against any other Bundesliga side than FC Augsburg. 11 goals in ten games was his proud record – prior to Saturday's meeting between the Bavarian antagonists.
His 11th meeting with Augsburg brought two more goals, thanks in no small way to the preparatory work of Arjen Robben, who seems to have become Lewandowski's latest congenial partner in crime.
"I'm really delighted that we've combined so well in many situations," said Lewandowski after the 3-1 win on Matchday 9. Before kick-off, he had taken Robben to one side to discuss how they could further refine their understanding. It worked.
With just 19 minutes on the clock, the Dutchman fed the Pole for his sixth goal of the season. Two minutes later, the roles were reversed with Robben tucking the ball in. At the start of the second half, it was a similar story: Robben pass, Lewandowski goal. "It can only be positive for the whole team when things work so well between us," quipped Lewandowski.
The harmonious partnership, or the 'Robbendowski' double act, ensured smiles all around on the faces of the record champions. "They've got a date tonight," joked CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, to which Robben added, with a wink: "If he'd added a third, then maybe it would have been a night out, but this way we'll be sticking just to a meal." And who will pay the bill? "I prepared his goals, now he has to pay," added Robben.
"It's really important for us that he's putting the ball in, and it's important for him too" - Mats Hummels
Relief at scoring was clear to see on Lewandowski's face. "I felt really good, which is why I also played really well," said the 28-year-old, who ended a drought of 480 Bundesliga minutes without a goal – an eternity for a player of Lewandowski's calibre, and his longest goalless streak in a Bayern shirt. "I know a time would come when I wouldn't score, but I kept my cool," he explained.
"Lewandowski's a great forward," added Mats Hummels. "He works really hard for us and we're delighted he's scored again. It's really important for us that he's putting the ball in, and it's important for him too."
Watch: Lewandowski reflects on Bayern's win over Augsburg:
Lewandowski's sixth and seventh goals of the campaign have also put him back in the hunt for the Torjägerkanone, which he won last term having netted 12 already at the same stage of the 2015/16 season. With 41 shots on goal, he remains the most trigger-happy player in the Bundesliga, yet only one in six has found the back of the net – a ratio he needs to sharpen if he is to defend his scoring crown.
He did net his 32nd Bundesliga brace in Augsburg, though, and only eight players have done that more often. "It's good that he's scored here, to get back into shape in time for some important games," said Rummenigge, who will be hoping Bayern can seal their passage to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with victory at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim visit the Allianz Arena on Matchday 10, before Bayern head to the SIGNAL IDUNA Park for the latest edition of Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund.
Watch: Robben delighted with Augsburg win:
Maximilian Lotz reporting from Augsburg