Lewandowski: Less pressure on me than Aubameyang

The Polish striker hailed his link-up with Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller, suggesting it puts less pressure on him to score

Robert Lewandowski suggests he is under less pressure than Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score regularly because his Bayern Munich team-mates are more clinical.

After 14 Bundesliga matches this term, the Poland international has scored 14 goals while his former Dortmund team-mate has hit 17.

But the Bayern striker – who was recognised with four Guiness World Records following his five-goal haul in nine minutes against Wolfsburg earlier this season – thinks the Gabonese may be under more pressure to maintain his prolific start to the campaign than he is because Dortmund have fewer goalscorers.

“Aubameyang has already scored 17 goals, but it’s sometimes one game where everything can change,” Lewandowski said.

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“At Bayern we have many more offensive players who can score goals, so I have no pressure to score a lot.

“At the moment it is too early to tell how many goals you need [to be top scorer] – 14 or 17 are too few. I think you have to double that if you want to be the top scorer.”

Lewandowski hailed his link-up with Thomas Muller – the third-highest scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 13 to his name – and hopes to play alongside him in attack with greater frequency.

“If we play together, we work together very well on the pitch and I like playing with him very much. If I play with him I can close my eyes and pass the ball to him,” he added.

“If I play in the centre and five or six defenders try to get the ball from me, I know that Thomas gets in the right positions and I can pass the ball to him.

“And if he has the ball, I have more space on the pitch because the defenders attack him.

“If we play together as a duo we could score more goals. I would be very pleased with that.”

RUMOURS: Chelsea to rival Manchester United for Muller

The 2014 World Cup winner is a target for Louis Van Gaal, but Mourinho is apparently also keen to sign him as his relationship with Diego Costa appears to have deteriorated

Manchester United could face a transfer battle with Chelsea over Thomas Muller, according to The Sun.

The Bayern Munich star has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, where he would be reunited with former manager Louis Van Gaal.

But the newspaper claims that Jose Mourinho has also targeted the Germany international as a replacement for Diego Costa, who reacted angrily to being left on the bench at the weekend against Tottenham.


Lewandowski's five-goal haul recognised for four records

The Poland international needed just 450 seconds to assure his place in Bundesliga history in September, and his achievement has been recognised by Guinness

Robert Lewandowski’s five-goal haul in nine minutes in Bayern Munich’s victory over Wolfsburg this season has earned him four world records.

The striker entered the Bundesliga match in September at half-time with his team trailing 1-0 and began his mesmerising spell with the equaliser in the 51st minute, completing his remarkable goal glut by the hour mark.

Lewandowski now holds the record for the fastest Bundesliga hat-trick, the quickest four goals in a Bundesliga match, the fastest five goals in a Bungesliga fixture and most goals scored by a substitute in a Bundesliga contest..

Upon receiving the awards from Guinenss World Records, Lewandowski said: “When you are a young player I never dared to dream about something like this, to score five goals in nine minutes. But it happened. I did it.

“I don’t know if anybody else will be able to repeat this. I never thought about it, but I did it. Everything has to come together; timing, luck, fitness, form and the match itself.

“Of course I would like it if this was never to be repeated again. In this moment I am just happy that these four records belong to me now.”

The Pole has scored 14 top-flight goals this season to help champions Bayern to the summit, unbeaten in 14 league matches.

Wenger missed out on Bayern star Coman in 2014

The Gunners manager has revealed that the 19-year-old was close to moving to London last year, only to sign for Juventus instead

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal came close to signing French starlet Kingsley Coman two summers ago.

The Gunners boss explained that the deal was close to going through, but that Coman, who was playing for Paris Saint-Germain at the time, opted or Juventus instead.

After just one year in Italy, the 19-year-old was on the move again, joining Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal.

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“Yes we really tried to sign Kingsley Coman in the summer of 2014,” Wenger confirmed to beIN sports.

“The transfer was almost completed, but he preferred Juventus.”

Coman has impressed since linking up with Josep Guardiola’s side at the beginning of the campaign.

He has scored four goals in all competitions and created seven more, propelling him into the France squad for the recent friendlies against Germany and England.

Bayern have paid £5million to Juve for the loan deal and have the option to make the move permanent for £16m in 2017.

Robben pleads for 'world's best' Guardiola to stay at Bayern

The Dutchman wants his manager to stay at the German club beyond the end of his current deal and to ignore the interest from England

Arjen Robben has pleaded for Bayern Munich head coach Josep Guardiola to stay with the German champions beyond the end of his current contract.

The Catalan’s deal in Bavaria expires at the end of the season and he’s yet to commit his future to the club beyond that point.

Reports on Spanish radio station COPE last week suggested he has already agreed a deal to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City next summer, while Manchester United has also been touted as a possible destination.

Speaking at an event for a Bayern supporters club, Robben said: “We have one of the best coaches in the world and as many of our players have already said, we all want him to stay.

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“It is a lot of fun working with him. Tactically he is perhaps the best – and I don’t say that just because he’s our coach at the moment.

“He is also a perfect human fit with Bayern.”

Guardiola has been in at the Allianz Arena since 2013, during which time there has been speculation that Robben himself would leave the club.

However, the Dutchman, who turns 32 in January, claims he’s never thought about leaving, nor does he imagine leaving while he still has time on his contract.

“I never thought about a transfer [away from Bayern],” he continued.

“I am happy in Munich; my family is happy in Munich.

“My contract runs until 2017. You can’t look too far forward in football, but everything is fine at the moment – I hope things continue this way.” 

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