League leaders FC Bayern Munich kept a four-point lead over their first rival RB Leipzig on matchday 26 of the Bundesliga. Despite being outnumbered for a long time, coach Hansi Flick’s team won 4-0 (4-0) against VfB Stuttgart thanks to a three-pack from Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski scored with left, right and the head (17th, 23rd and 39th), placed 271 Bundesliga goals and overtook Klaus Fischer in the all-time goalscorer list. The only remaining player with even more goals is Gerd Müller (365).
“That makes me very proud, of course,” said Lewandowski. “It’s always a big challenge for the head to be always ready and hungry for the goals.”
Lewandowski has now 35 goals this season. He has eight games left to break Müller’s 40-goal record (1971/72). Since he already had six assists, Lewandowski was the first player from Europe’s top 5 leagues to surpass the 40 goal mark. No one else has achieved more than 30 so far.
“If you see Lewandowski as a neutral, then it’s just fun. I don’t enjoy it, however,” said Stuttgart’s CEO Thomas Hitzlsperger at half-time. “Today it’s something about world class. He uses his chances and how he moves and is playable: I don’t think it can be any better.”
FC Bayern Munich – VfB Stuttgart: The coach votes
In Stuttgart, Silas Wamangituka apparently seriously injured his knee. “The first suspicion is a serious knee injury, something with the ligaments. We do not hope that this will be confirmed. We are worried about him,” said Stuttgart sports director Sven Mislintat.
Hansi Flick (Bayern Munich coach): “I have to pay a huge compliment to my team. The goals as they were played – that was just outstanding. We still played the opponents despite being outnumbered, that was just outstanding. Now we have a little time and will then prepare intensively for Leipzig . “
Pellegrino Matarazzo (coach VfB Stuttgart): “We got into the game well, were even dominant and played good football. After the red card, we either had the feeling that we had to win the game or that it would go by itself – both of which are not good. Bayern Munich are in the In a position to punish a team if you only do a few percent less. We have paid the hardship. “
Without the cold stabilizer Kimmich in the central midfield, FC Bayern couldn’t get into the game at all and surprisingly let themselves be pushed back in the early stages of Stuttgart. The guests had more possession and shots, and it was dangerous again and again through the dynamic and well flanking winger players Sosa and Wamangituka.
Stuttgart: Kobel – Mavropanos, Anton, Kempf, Sosa (46th Gonzalez) – Ahamada (46th Forester), Endo (77th Karazor) – Wamangituka (35th Klimowicz), Castro (76th Didavi), Coulibaly – Kalajdzic. – Trainer: Matarazzo
FC Bayern Munich – VfB Stuttgart: The lineups
Anton, as the central link in the Stuttgart triple chain, never got his opponent Lewandowski under control: Before the 0: 1 and 0: 3 he did not defend him closely enough; before the 0: 4 he missed to hit the ball away.