Striker Robert Lewandowski says that last season’s criticism of his performances left him feeling isolated. The player says he was disappointed with the lack of support from Bayern’s club officials.
Little changed this summer concerning rumors of Lewandowski’s transfer. The Polish striker is in his fifth season playing for Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munchen. His performances have been key to Bayern’s success in recent years. On average, Lewandowski has scored 0.79 goals per match. Unsurprisingly, some of Europe’s top clubs, Real Madrid and Chelsea in particular, have taken an interest.
Lewandowski admits frustration with club officials, Rummenigge and Hoeness
The lure of Real Madrid seemed to have finally gotten the best of the 30 year old this summer. The persistent rumors of a move were amplified by the supposed tension between the striker and his current club. The Polish star confirms that he has felt frustration at what he says was the lack of support from the club’s chiefs.
“In April, May everyone criticised me. And I felt no protection from the club, felt alone. I scored no goals in two or three important games and suddenly everyone was saying: open fire against Lewandowski!” I scored no goals in two or three important games and suddenly everyone was saying: open fire against Lewandowski!” the striker told Sport Bild.
Bayern were knocked out of last year’s Champions League competition by Real Madrid. Lewandowski, the Germans’ main goal threat, failed to score. The press’ reaction to his performances was severe and the player says he expected the club’s officials to come to his defense.
“I did not see anyone who supported me at the time. Neither of the club bosses defended me. I did not feel well in Munich in those moments. In this time it did not fit anymore.”
New season and return to form
Lewandowski seems to be back in top form following a disappointing World Cup tournament that saw Poland fail to qualify from the group stage. The striker managed a hat-trick in Bayern’s DFL-Supercup win against Eintracht Frankfurt and scored the winning goal against Drochtersen/Assel in the DFB-Pokal competition.
The player was thankful for the support of the club’s fans and says that he has not considered leaving Bayern despite the numerous reports he would be tempted to do so.
“I noticed in Munich that the fans support me. I realized that they still want me here. I will never strike, never mess with the club. I’m not wasting any thought on another club now,” the Polish forward told reporters.
Bayern will take on Hoffenheim on Friday in the opening day of the Bundesliga. The team is looking to defend their title and win their seventh Bundesliga trophy in a row.