Bayern Ace Lewandowski Explains Why He Was ‘Sorry’ to See Aubameyang Leave Dortmund

?Robert Lewandowski has revealed why he was ‘sorry’ to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang trade football in the Bundesliga for the Premier League in January.

The Bayern Munich superstar spoke to German newspaper Kicker (h/t ?Mundo Deportivo) ahead of his side’s Champions League last-16 first leg showdown with Besiktas, and offered his opinion on Aubameyang’s switch to Arsenal last month.

The Gabon striker departed Borussia Dortmund for the Emirates in a £56m deal, and Lewandowski admitted that his departure from Germany’s top flight meant that he had no other world-class player to truly compete with in the goalscoring charts.

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And the Poland international stated that he would need to be mentally on top of his game in every game so that he didn’t fall below the expectations he and his teammates placed on him to keep banging in the goals.

He said: “It was nice to rival him to become the best top scorer of the league. I am sorry he left because this kind of competition is good for both. 

“Now I have to be strong enough mentally to do my job without depending on the competition with somebody else.”

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Lewandowski himself has been mooted with a move away from the Allianz Arena, with Real Madrid reportedly keeping tabs on his situation in the German capital.

However, the 30-year-old remarked that he had no desire to force a transfer away from the reigning champions as he looked to focus on the here and now.

He continued: “Right now I am not thinking about a transfer. I am a player of Bayern Munich and I don’t care about transfer speculations. It would not be good for me and for my teammates. I am a player of Bayern Munich and I want to give it all here. That’s my priority.”

Lewandowski also offered his verdict on temporary boss Jupp Heynckes, who has led Bayern on a truly impressive run of form that has seen them lose just once since his appointment in September.

The attacker added: “He is an excellent coach and an extraordinary person. He knows already what is going to happen and we have to respect his decisions. I am happy to work with him.”

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Lewandowski Insists He Isn’t Worried About Madrid Speculation & Wants to Remain Focused on Bayern

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has long been a target for Spanish champions Real Madrid, but insists he simply wants to remain focused on his job as a player for the German outfit.

The Poland international, the subject of constant links with an exit, has expressed a modicum of frustration at times. But he did give off a calm tone during his most recent interview in which the rumours were again brought up.


Speaking to Kicker, Lewandowski was questioned over the obvious. And as expected, the forward reiterated his commitment to the Bavarian Giants, whom he’s hoping to lead to their sixth straight Bundesliga title at the end of the season.

“At the moment I do not worry about it,” he replied.

“If I was to think about this speculation as a Bayern player, it would not be good for me because I would not be focused on my job here.

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“I’m a Bayern player and I want to give everything here first.”

The player, who has been made to defend his commitment to Bayern on several occasions, said this in early February via Bild: “I know this situation very well, I hear this speculation every year.

“These rumours do not interest me and I will not say anything more.”

“I have no idea [where the reports have come from]. I did not hear that they [agent Cezary Kucharski and Real Madrid] were talking. I think that’s another piece of speculation.”


The striker has scored 27 goals in 33 appearances for the German champions so far this season, the sort of numbers Real could use given the way their title defence is going.

The may have to look elsewhere in the summer though, with the Polish striker seemingly unwilling to leave the Allianz Arena anytime soon.

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3 Key Battles That Could Decide Tuesday’s Champions League Clash Between Bayern Munich and Besiktas

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich host Turkish champions Besiktas on Tuesday night, as the UEFA Champions League returns for a second wave of first-leg ties.

The Bavarians are at home for the first encounter after finishing runners-up behind Paris Saint-Germain, while Besiktas topped Group G after going unbeaten in their six games.

Here are three key battles that could decide their clash at the Allianz Arena:

3. Arturo Vidal vs. Atiba Hutchinson

Bayern’s impressive recent form has much to do with the influence of Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The 30-year old has been exceptional in the heart of midfield, contributing six goals alongside his usual combative performances. He has formed a dynamic partnership with on-loan Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, with the two combining well in Bayern’s charge towards the Bundesliga title.

Vidal is likely to come up against Besiktas veteran Atiba Hutchinson, with the 35-year old still performing solidly despite his advancing years. He has a vast amount of experience, and will look to use every bit of guile he has to keep one of Bayern’s more imposing threats quiet.

2. David Alaba vs. Ricardo Quaresma

David Alaba poses a significant threat down the left-hand side for Bayern, and has become one of the most versatile and capable players at the club in recent years.

He may need to perform increased defensive duties against Portuguese international winger Ricardo Quaresma however, with the 34-year old likely to pose a real danger on the counter.

Quaresma still has the pace and trickery in his arsenal to worry Europe’s top defences, but will need to be wary of his defensive responsibilities against a high-quality adversary in Alaba.

1. Robert Lewandowski vs. Pepe

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski continues to go from strength to strength, with 20 Bundesliga goals to his name so far this season.

He scored three goals in five appearances during the group stages, and will be keen to build on an ever improving portfolio of top drawer European performances.

Standing in his way is likely to be Portuguese central defender, Pepe. The 34-year old has all the experience required to subdue Lewandowski, with three UEFA Champions League crowns under his belt from his highly successful stay at Real Madrid.

He will need to be at his very best to shut out the Bavarian’s main attacking threat though, with the Pole sure to be confident of adding to his goalscoring tally at the Allianz Arena.


Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Besiktas in the Champions League on Tuesday

Bayern Munich entertain Turkish champions Besiktas in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night, looking to continue their impressive run of form.

The ?Bavarians have won 13 successive games, with Jupp Heynckes’ side dominating the domestic scene once more.

Manuel Neuer is the only absentee for the clash at the Allianz Arena, with a number of players likely to return after being rested in the ?Bundesliga clash against Wolfsburg.

Here is their potential starting line-up:


  • Ulreich


?Manuel Neuer is in the latter stages of his rehabilitation as he recovers from a fractured foot, meaning Sven Ulreich will continue to deputise in goal.


  • Kimmich


  • Hummels


  • Boateng


  • Alaba


?Bayern rested their first choice defensive line-up on Sunday, as Jupp Heynckes signalled his intent to focus on achieving European glory.

The Bavarians are likely to revert back to their strongest XI, meaning there are likely to be recalls for Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba at full-back.

Javi Martinez is likely to be pushed up to sit in front of the back four, meaning returns for Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng at centre-back.


  • Martínez


  • Vidal


  • James


?Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal was suspended for Sunday’s game at the Volkswagen Arena, but is likely to earn an immediate recall to the heart of midfield.

He is likely to partner James Rodriguez in central midfield, with the two tasked with pushing on to support Bayern’s potent strike force. Javi Martinez will operate as the defensive midfielder, shoring things up as Kimmich and Alaba push forward down the flanks.


  • Robben


  • Lewandowski


  • Müller


?Bayern have a luxury of attacking weapons at their disposal, but none more lethal than Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.

The 29-year old has been in superb form of late, netting in 11 consecutive home games on his way to 20 goals in 22 Bundesliga matches.

He could be partnered by flying winger Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller for this one, though Kingsley Coman and Franck Ribery are other potential options for the Bavarians.


Jupp Heynckes Claims Bayern Were Lucky in Wolfsburg Win But Fought Outstandingly

?Bayern Munich fought back from a goal down to beat Wolfsburg after Robert Lewandowski’s last-minute penalty to achieve their 13th victory in a row and go 21 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes has been quoted on the Bayern Munich official site as stating: “After the early opener VfL set up their game with a compact defence. We struggled in the first half because we failed to set up sustained passing combinations in our build-up play. 

“We dominated possession but failed to play vertically. I knew we wouldn’t score this way. We played more fluently and with more pace in the second half.”

Thomas Muller was brought on in the second half and made an instant impact by playing a great ball to Arjen Robben, which then led to Sandro Wagner’s leveller, and Heynckes said: “We changed our play when Thomas Müller came on because he’s very agile, exploits the space and also opens up space for his team-mates. Then we scored the equaliser, which was crucial.

“You can call us lucky for turning the tide in the closing stages. It’s very bitter for VfL because they fought outstandingly.”