Robert Lewandowski’s interview with SportBild has sent shock waves through Bavaria after the striker blasted the fan base and ownership for their lack of support during the end of the 2017/18 season.
Amidst the fallout, Joshua Kimmich has offered up some advise for the Polish international in an interview with Sport1.
On his importance to the club:
I’m confident that Robert knows how important he is to us. With him, you have a guarantee of 30 goals. Although, last season, I think it was only 29. That was almost a disappointment.
On his goal scoring ability:
On the other hand, he also has to see that he doesn’t score goals because he gets the ball in the back and dribbles through by himself, but rather he has other teammates who support him so that he can score goals every year. It’s not just our appreciation of him, but rather he also has to appreciate us.
On fan appreciation:
Appreciation is always an important subject, no matter where you work. I don’t know how it went for Robert, but when Robert says that he missed it, of course you have to believe him. Appreciation of a player should be confirmed one on one or with even more people. You can’t measure it by what [the fanbase] says publicly.