The Pole played a key role in consigning his old side to a seventh Bundesliga defeat of the season on Saturday but he is adamant that BVB will still finish in the top four
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowksi says he did not celebrate his strike in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund out of respect for his former club, who he maintains remain a “great team”.
Struggling BVB looked set to pull off a shock victory at the Allianz Arena thanks to Marco Reus’ first-half header but Lewandowski levelled matters in the 72nd minute with a left-footed strike before Arjen Robben slotted home a late winner from the penalty spot.
It was a seventh victory in 10 Bundesliga matches for Bayern, who top the table by four points from Wolsburg, but Dortmund’s seven defeat of the season saw them drop to 16th.
Although he left Signal Iduna Park during the summer to move to Bavaria, Lewandowski insists he still has a lot of love for BVB and is supremely confident that they will soon turn things around.
“It was not an easy game – for me, either,” the Poland international told Sky. “I did not celebrate [the equaliser] but it was an important goal and it was a goal for my dad.
“We were not perfect during the first half but the only important thing is that we got the three points.
“I know BVB are still a great team. They’re struggling at the moment.
“But I expect them to come catch up again and I know they will play in the Champions League again next season.”
Bayern had squandered a succession of chances before finally restoring parity through Lewandowski and defender Jerome Boateng admitted that Pep Guardiola’s men would have been devastated had they not finally turned all of their possession into goals.
“We played very well, but we failed to convert our chances,” the centre-half confessed.
“I remember talking to Manuel [Neuer] and Philipp [Lahm] on the pitch, saying: ‘I won’t believe it if we lose this match.'”
Bayern resume their Champions League campaign with a meeting with Roma on Wednesday evening, with the Bavarians boasting a 100 per cent record after three games in Group E.