‘We’re now happy to be the hunters’: Robert Lewandowski insists Bayern Munich are relishing playing catch-up in the Bundesliga after bad run of form
- Bayern Munich have had a mixed start to the season under new boss Niko Kovac
- The league holders are fourth in the table and nine points off leaders Dortmund
- Lewandowski’s side have won just once in their last four Bundesliga games
The Bavarian giants have endured a mixed run of form in the league this season since former Eintracht Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac took over in the summer.
Bayern are currently fourth in the table and nine points off the top after one win in four league games. including a damaging 3-2 defeat at Lewandowski’s former club Borussia Dortmund last month.
Lewandowski and Bayern side are looking to catch up to Dortmund after a poor run of form
As well as the defeat to unbeaten leaders Dortmund, Lewandowski’s side have also slipped up against Borussia Monchengladbach and Hertha Berlin, and drawn a further three against Fortuna Dusseldorf, Freiburg and Augsburg.
Their bad run is in stark contrast to their early season form, which saw them win their first four league games, scoring 11 goals.
Lewandowski has been in typically good form this season, notching seven times in twelve Bundesliga appearances so far, and says his side are focused on catching leaders Dortmund.
Despite scoring, Lewandowski and Bayern lost 3-2 to unbeaten leaders Dortmund last month
‘The last few weeks were difficult,’ the Poland international explained to Bild. ‘We uncharacteristically dropped points, especially in the final minutes of games that we have normally won.
Bayern Munich’s last five league results
December 1 – Werder Bremen 1-2 Bayern Munich
24 November: Bayern Munich 3-3 Fortuna Dusseldorf
10 November: Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich
3 November: Bayern Munich 1-1 Freiburg
27 October: Mainz 1-2 Bayern Munich
‘The situation was surprising; after the first few weeks of the season, we thought that things were going as well as in the past few years.
‘We weren’t vigilant enough. But we’re on the right track.’
‘Sometimes it’s not bad at all to attack from the second row! We’re now happy to be the hunters,’ he claimed.
‘In the past few years, we’ve always looked behind us. When you see that someone’s in front of you — it means that you’re more under pressure.
‘You want to do it even more then — catch this team. It’s easier to attack from behind as a hunter than to look out for attacks from behind when you’re first. Especially when you don’t have experience.’
Croatian Niko Kovac, who took over in the summer, has had an inconsistent start at Bayern