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Lewandowski exclusive: 'The most important thing is the here and now'

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If there is one man capable of eclipsing Gerd Müller's record single-season haul of 40 Bundesliga goals, it is FC Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski.

The Poland international striker has found the net 15 times so far in 2015/16, with a third of that impressive Bundesliga tally coming in a freakish nine-minute spell against VfL Wolfsburg on 22 September 2015.

Speaking ahead of next week's Bundesliga restart, the 27-year-old discussed his achievements in 2015, his aims for club and country in the year ahead and playing alongside some of the best players in world football.

bundesliga.com: Robert Lewandowski, you were recently voted Polish Sports Personality of the Year 2015. What does that mean to you?

Robert Lewandowski: I'm very, very proud. It's the first time in 33 years that a footballer has won the award. The last year was unbelievable for me. The national team and Bayern played really well, and I hope this season will be even better than the last. I always want to win trophies. If you win trophies, you're happy. We're focussed on trophies at Bayern. We also have targets we want to achieve as the national team at EURO 2016 in France. We have to go for it!

bundesliga.com: On the subject of your title prospects in 2016: how important is it for FC Bayern to defend the Bundesliga title?

Lewandowski: We have to give it everything right until the end, regardless of how many points clear we are. Right now the gap is eight points, but we're not champions yet. It's best if we stay focussed right until the final game. It's important that we give our all in the Champions League as well as the DFB Cup, regardless of who we're playing.

bundesliga.com: At the start of 2015, FC Bayern were in the running in all three competitions...

Lewandowski: We know what we did wrong last year, and I hope we do a better job of it this year. It doesn't matter if we have a five- or eight-point lead in the Bundesliga because that's two, three games. Everything can change. In the Rückrunde, we cannot allow ourselves to make so many mistakes if we want to win the title.

bundesliga.com: Pep Guardiola is only in charge until the end of the season. What's your take on the upcoming change?

Lewandowski: I'm the kind of guy that only thinks about the current season. Like I said, we want to pull in the same direction and hopefully at the end of the season celebrate together. What happens after that is another story. It's something new. This year we want to win the Bundesliga and the Champions League with Guardiola. They're very important goals for us. Coaches, and players for that matter, come and go - that's football sometimes. That's why we should only be thinking about this season, just the Rückrunde even. After that, there's a new pre-season, a new season and new objectives. The most important thing is the here and now.

bundesliga.com: Finishing on another subject: if you had to, who would you say are your top five Bundesliga players?

Lewandowski: It's really difficult just to choose five players. There are a lot of very good players in our team alone. Of the forwards, Thomas Müller is very good. So are Douglas Costa, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. That's four - other than me of course (chuckles). Kingsley Coman is also a very good player. He's still young, but has unbelievable potential. He can still get better and show how good he is, especially in one-on-one situations. And outside Bayern? [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Marco] Reus are top players! I've trained with both, so I'm in a good position to judge them. If you've only played against a player once, it's hard. But if it's every day in training and on the pitch, you really get to know a player's qualities.

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