Robert Lewandowski scored two and assisted another as Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg 3-1 on Saturday, giving the Bavarians their first win in four Bundesliga games, and there was nobody less surprised at the Pole's polished performance than his clubmate Mats Hummels…
bundesliga.com caught up with the Germany international centre-back after the game.
Question: Mats Hummels, what does this win mean to you?
Mats Hummels: "It's definitely liberating. When you haven't won six games in a row [in all competitions for club and country in Hummels' case], you really appreciate it. We played a really good game. It may not have been perfect but we had everything under control despite our setback [Arjen Robben was set off on 57 minutes]. We handled it well and can be satisfied."
Question: Why did things go better this time than in previous weeks?
Hummels: "First of all, our opponents didn't score with their first touch of the ball! That makes a huge difference. On the other hand, they still converted their first chance, just later in the game. We still controlled the game well. We had a spell of giving the ball away too easily but we sorted it quickly. Perhaps we could have scored our second and third goals a bit earlier, but it's important that we scored at all."
Question: How big was the pressure before this game?
Hummels: "For me personally, nothing ever changes. When I go out onto the pitch, I always want to win. All the other circumstances, whether we're favourites or underdogs, whether we're under pressure or not, doesn't make a big difference."
Question: Robert Lewandowski had two goals and an assist. How do you rate his performance?
Hummels: "He was absolutely outstanding, a team player, and he played smart. But he's been doing a good job all season."
Question: A recent problem for Bayern was chance conversion…
Hummels: "It was very important that we created good chances. But as I said: after going 1-0 up we immediately felt like we could add another. Against Ajax [a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Champions League] and Gladbach [a 3-0 reverse in the Bundesliga] our big drawback was that we weren't getting in front of goal enough."
Question: You are in action again on Tuesday in the Champions League. What do you expect at AEK Athens?
Hummels: "I expect a very hot-blooded crowd and a big atmosphere. We'll have a close look at how Athens approach their game. It's important that we take another step forward now. We want to win, we simply can't lose. We'd give ourselves a nice cushion with a win and that's our goal."
Oliver Jensen reporting from Wolfsburg