It made the headlines everywhere. Robert Lewandowski was brought off the bench and in less than fifteen minutes Bayern Munich went from losing 1-0 to winning 5-1, all five goal scored by Lewandowski. Despite the striker’s great abilities and talent, the comeback and the record wouldn’t have been possible had the Bavarian team not been a complete one.
Bayern Munich have won all six of their Bundesliga games so far, the latest win put them two points ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund who fell to a draw away to Hoffenheim last night, bringing their five game winning streak to an end. The game between the two clubs is likely to widen. Dortmund are quite good themselves but Bayern are world class. Pep Guardiola’s team averages 3.3 goals per game with a total of 20 goals in six matches. Defensively, they’ve only conceded 3 goals so far. The numbers speak for themselves, an average possession of 73.1% and around 20 shots per game with Lewandowski averaging 5.6 per game!
The Germans were off to a bright start in Europe with a 3-0 win over Olympiacos they are likely to finish top of their group as Arsenal lost to Dinamo Zagreb in their first outing. There’s no doubt that Guardiola’s team is on form, the Catalan manager needs to keep his team playing at the same level, particularly in Europe. Guardiola’s European triumph with Barcelona must be replicated in Germany if he is to earn a spot in the hearts of the German fans. Failure in the previous two seasons could be forgotten, attaining the league title was enough to give him another lifeline but things won’t get easier than this season.
The Premier League clubs are suffering with Jose Mourinho struggling in the Premier League, the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal have been inconsistent while Barcelona are at their worst defensively. This leaves Real Madrid as the only serious competition for the Germans. Of course the rest including Juventus could bounce back but at the moment, Bayern Munich have an extra weapon, Lewandowski. The Polish forward has been superb with both club and country and he is yet to reach 100%. Game after game, Robert will be featuring more often for Bayern and once the big games are up, he will have a fully functional team behind him creating endless chances. All he has to do is shoot.
Thomas Muller and Douglas Costa deserve to be applauded for the effor they have been doing so far but it will all be down to Lewandowski, as long as he shoots, he will score and Bayern will be edging closer to their goals. The big question remains, are they going to win the Champions League? Anything less brings Pep back to the start.