Lewandowski: 'Winter champions' means nothing to Bayern

The German giants cannot be overhauled before Christmas but the Poland international says that being on top at the end of the season is all that matters


Robert Lewandowski hailed Bayern Munich’s 13-minute, four-goal salvo in Saturday’s Bundesliga win over Augsburg but insisted that being crowned ‘winter champions’ “means nothing”.

Pep Guardiola’s men initially struggled to break down their fellow Bavarians at the SGL Arena but blew the home side away once Mehdi Benatia opened the scoring just before the hour mark.

Robben doubled the visitors’ advantage just seconds after play had been restarted and then netted again after Lewandowski had made it 3-0.

The latter was enthused by Bayern’s second-half showing but played down the importance of a win that means the reigning Bundesliga champions cannot be overhauled at the summit of the standings before the winter break.

“We really went for it after half-time and played very well,” Lewandowski is quoted as saying by his club’s official website. “Four goals in one half is a good performance.

“But the ‘winter championship’ means nothing. We have to be first at the end of the season and there are plenty of games still to go.”

Meanwhile, Lewandowski’s team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger was enthused by the way in which Bayern had seen off their high-flying opponents.

“It wasn’t easy,” the midfielder added. “There are good reasons why Augsburg are third.

“They’re very passionate, very aggressive and their first-half tactics were excellent.

“But after we went 1-0 up, Augsburg tried to play a more attacking game and we made good use of the gaps that opened up and went on to score our goals.”

Bayern face Freiburg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night and then travel to Mainz on Friday before the Bundesliga goes into hibernation for a month.

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