Bayern Munich’s season might have taken a different turn without Robert Lewandowski’s injury, but we’ll never know. On March 28, during a 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Andorra, the Polish striker suffered an ankle ligament at the worst possible time. Missing the final sprint in the Bundesliga with in particular shocks against RB Leipzig (1-0), VfL Wolfsburg (3-2) and Bayer Leverkusen (2-0), Robert Lewandowski was especially unable to help his team in Champions League. Without him, the Rekordmeister narrowly failed against Paris Saint-Germain (2-3; 1-0) and was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the most prestigious of competitions. Scorer two weeks ago for his return in a defeat against Mainz (2-1), he was particularly expected this Saturday against Borussia Mönchengladbach. A match that tasted like a gala encounter.
Indeed, the victory of Borussia Dortmund against RB Leipzig a little earlier (3-2) had allowed the Rekordmeister to win its 9th Bundesliga in a row and the 31st in its history. Faced with the Fohlen, Bayern Munich had no constraint of result. But German rigor requires, the band of Hans-Dieter Flick did not relax and won (6-0). Besides, it was not necessary to wait long since after 1 minute and 51 seconds, Robert Lewandowski found the flaw in a good volley. The Pole’s fastest goal in his Bundesliga career. Far from stopping there, Robert Lewandowski scored a new goal shortly after half an hour of play (34th) with a nice acrobatic recovery. It was thus the 200th goal of the Bavarian striker with the Munich club. Then decisive passer for Kingsley Coman (44th), he transformed a penalty and scored a hat-trick (65th). Three goals that allow him to record 39 goals in 27 Bundesliga matches, or one goal every 58.5 minutes!
One goal away from Gerd Müller’s record
Impressive efficiency for the native of Warsaw who could become the first player in the 5 biggest European leagues to reach the 40-goal mark since Luis Suarez in 2016 with FC Barcelona. In addition, he is only one unit away from the Bundesliga season scoring record set by Gerd Müller in the 1971/1972 season. His performance is all the more impressive as the “Bomber” had scored 40 goals in 34 matches while Robert Lewandowski has missed 5 league games this season and has 39 goals in 27 games. While he still has to play Freiburg (Saturday May 15) and Augsburg (Saturday May 22), Robert Lewandowski has never been so close to breaking this record which has been holding for fifty years. Something to impress everyone and in particular Karl-Heinz Rummenigge the chairman of the supervisory board of Bayern Munich. “I have to admit that I am amazed. When Gerd Müller was at FC Bayern I was not there, but I believed that this is a record that will last forever and that it would never be erased. But Robert can now match or even surpass him ” he explained to the microphone of the Sky.
Consultant for the German channel and former player of Bayern Munich, Lothar Matthäus is captivated by the progress of Robert Lewandowski: “I’ve been a fan of Robert for years, not only because of his goals, but also the way he’s developed. He is now an absolute leader for me. Robert is a full-fledged professional. He always tries to get the most out of it. He tries to score his goals. He shows the way. ” Beautiful statements to which, the Bavarian coach Hans-Dieter Flick also took part with touching words just after the hat-trick of his star: “It was worthy of a champion today (Saturday). It was very high level, which our team showed. You saw today that everyone supported Robert Lewandowski. Gerd Müller was my idol and what Gerd Müller was in my youth is what Lewandowski is today. If he manages to get the record, he will well deserve it. “ Another goal to equalize Gerd Müller and two to overtake him. Robert Lewandowski has 180 minutes to do so. When we know that he has already put a quintuplet in nine minutes, we can only be confident. The Pole continues to write his legend in the Bundesliga.