Lewandowski is a better fit for Guardiola than Mandzukic – Hoeness

The former Bayern attacker is confident the Poland international will start banging goals in regularly for the side soon, after scoring twice on Saturday

Former Bayern Munich striker Dieter Hoeness believes the Bundesliga champions were right to sell Mario Mandzukic to make way for Robert Lewandowski, despite the latter’s hampered goalscoring record at the Allianz Arena.

Despite scoring 33 goals in 54 Bundesliga games across his two seasons at the Bavarians, Mandzukic was sold to Atletico Madrid in the summer.

His sale had long been predicted after Lewandowski had been snapped up on a free transfer agreement from close rivals Borussia Dortmund a few months earlier.

While Mandzukic has had a strong start to life in Spain, netting 20 goals in 32 games in all competitions, his replacement at Bayern has struggled to find any consistency. 

However, Hoeness believes the Poland international is a better fit under coach Pep Guardiola than his predecessor and is confident he will hit top form soon and add to the 13 in 30 in all competitions he has so far.

“I believe that Lewandowski is better in Guardiola’s concept fits as Mandzukic,” he told TZ. “However, I regret that Mandzukic is no longer playing in the Bundesliga. 

“I think Lewandowski’s breakthrough is imminent. He is still very, very important for Bayern.”

Hoeness also remarked on his brother, former Bayern general manager Uli, who was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for tax evasion last year. 

While he has been granted day release from prison, he must return at 6pm every night, and Dieter says things are going well.

“He is doing well under the circumstances,” he added. “He now has different tasks and a bit more freedom during the day. At night he goes back to the door, and that’s not very nice.

“At the beginning I was really worried that he might break because of the situation. Now things have improved thanks to God. It is a good development, and that is encouraging.”

'Lewandowski isn't a dodgy purchase'

The striker has been criticised for his performances since joining Bayern Munich, but retains the support of one of the club’s former stars

Robert Lewandowski’s critics are deluded if they think the striker is a “dodgy purchase”, according to Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg.

The Poland international, 26, was left on the bench for the first leg of the club’s last 16 Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk last week having scored just once in his last five Bundesliga appearances.

However, Lewandowski was back in the starting XI on Saturday and scored twice as the reigning champions thrashed Paderborn 6-0, with Arjen Robben also bagging a double to add to goals from Franck Ribery and Mitchell Weiser.

Effenberg, who had two spells with the Bavarians during his playing career, is adamant the striker is the same player who blossomed at BVB and says he offers much more than just goals.

“People who say that Lewandowski was a dodgy purchase have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to football,” he told Sky. “He is extremely important to the team.

“The charisma and quality that he had at Dortmund, he has at Bayern. The difference is that at the Allianz Arena he has three or four other world-class attackers alongside him.”

Bayern are back in Bundesliga action on Friday when they host Koln.

'Ibrahimovic wanted Madrid move to spite Guardiola'

The striker had a rocky relationship with the Spaniard at Barcelona and was prepared to join their arch-rivals to get back at him

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola says the PSG star almost joined Real Madrid after leaving Barcelona in a bid to exact the “perfect revenge” on his former boss Pep Guardiola.

The striker moved to Camp Nou in 2009 but departed after just one season following a series of bust-ups with the 44-year-old.

And Raiola claims that Ibrahimovic wanted to reunite with his former Inter coach Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu in a move he says would have been the perfect response to his ill-treatment. 

“Zlatan wanted to play for Real when he left Barça. It would have been the ideal move. The perfect revenge against Guardiola,” Raiola told Marca.

“Real Madrid is a political club and not a normal club. I don’t understand the way they do things.

“It would have been the perfect club for him because he’s a great player, he’s passionate and because he can do something amazing at any moment.”

Raiola went on to describe current Bayern Munich boss Guardiola’s behaviour as “shocking”, insisting the Spaniard was to blame for Zlatan’s early exit from Camp Nou.

“Only ‘The Philosopher’ [Guardiola] knows [What happened between him and Zlatan],” he said.

“As a person, his behaviour was terrible, shocking. He’s a great coach. He was calling Zlatan for one year. About 10 times.

“At Barcelona he told him whatever he needed or wanted he would be helped with. Then all of a sudden he stopped talking to him.”

Guardiola hails Bayern after another 'big' win

The Spaniard’s side have scored 14 goals in their last two Bundesliga games, leaving the coach impressed with their attacking efforts

Pep Guardiola saluted a “big victory” for his Bayern Munich side after they put six goals past relegation-threatened Paderborn on Saturday.

Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben both scored twice, while Franck Ribery and Mitchell Weiser also scored to complete another resounding win for the Bundesliga champions.

Last weekend Bayern thrashed Hamburg 8-0, but it was their performance on Saturday that had Guardiola purring after the game.

“I’m delighted,” he said. “I’d like to congratulate the players. We’ve taken a big step forward today.”

Lewandowski’s two goals mean he now has 14 for the season from 31 appearances in all competitions and Guardiola was thrilled with their attacking efforts.

“We scored a lot of goals and are delighted with the result,” he added.

The result leaves Bayern 11 points clear of second placed Wolfsburg, who take on Hertha Berlin on Saturday.