Lewandowski frustrated with substitute role at Bayern

The Poland international wants to start every game and thinks he could struggle to score 20 league goals this term due to squad rotation

Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski has voiced his frustration with his substitute role against Schalke on Tuesday, although he understands Pep Guardiola’s decision to rotate due to the Bavarians’ busy schedule.

The 26-year-old has made 15 starts so far this Bundesliga campaign, starting just three times from the bench, but admits he finds it tough when he is forced to watch from the sidelines.

“Generally speaking, I always want to play 90 minutes,” Lewandowski told Bild.

“But rotation is part of the game when there’s two matches per week and I will have to accept that. But it’s not easy for me to warm the bench.

“You want to help the team, but you cannot do that from the bench.”

The Poland international has netted seven goals in the Bundesliga this term and he thinks he could struggle to reach his objective of 20 goals due to his changed role.

“Seven goals is not great and I know I can do better,” said the former Borussia Dortmund man.

“It will be hard for me to score 20 goals in the league this season, but it’s possible once I explode…

“You cannot compare my situation at Bayern to that at Dortmund, though. Pep Guardiola does not expect me to score each game, but also wants me to create space for others.”

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