The Bavarian star discussed his relationship with the Catalan coach, who still constantly demands improvements from him
Robert Lewandowski insists his remarkable scoring feats for Bayern Munich have not seen him earn preferential treatment from coach Pep Guardiola, who the striker says expects more than just goals.
The prolific Poland international has netted an impressive 12 strikes in eight Bundesliga appearances so far this campaign, while his record for club and country combined in all competitions this season – 22 goals in only 16 games – makes for even better reading.
But Lewandowski is adamant Guardiola does not rate him based on his marksmanship alone, and states the Catalan constantly urges him to be more than just a goalscorer.
“I don’t think the coach approaches me differently when I score more goals. It’s the same. I’m sure he is happy with my goals, but he also wants me to play good football and help my team-mates,” the 27-year-old told Uefa‘s official website.
“I know that I don’t have to score in every single game for the coach to be happy with my performance. Sometimes my movements on the pitch are more important for him, like how I exploit the space and how I perform overall.
“Goals not only help me, but the whole team. They’re something the coach doesn’t just expect from me. I am not a striker who is only waiting in the penalty box to score a goal. I move, make passes and look for opportunities for others.”
Lewandowski will be looking to return to scoring form when Bayern visit Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday, after his failure to find the back of the net in Bayern’s 1-0 win at Werder Bremen at the weekend brought a halt to his four-game scoring run for his club.