At the end of the last season, I wrote an article calling Robert Lewandowski out. I made the claim, which I stand by, that he was not the best goalscorer in Germany last season. That honor went to a 27-year old Baker, who scored 101 goals in Kreisliga Herne B1. Although at least one commenter didn’t recognize the satire, this was supposed to be a satirical piece that highlights the silliness of lower-league soccer. While impressive, Dennis Teuber’s 101 goals in the tenth division does not actually compare to Lewandowski’s performance in the Bundesliga.
However, as this new season has gone on, and Lewy keeps scoring, it makes me think that I might have something to do with it. I am starting to think that he read the article where I called him out and is now stepping up his goalscoring this season! I am not going to take all the credit for this season’s success. I mean, his teammates still have to pass him the ball, and he still has to put it in the back of the net, but me calling him out last year definitely has a lot to do with it.
All silliness aside, Robert Lewandowski is on a tear this season. He is scoring at a pace that we haven’t seen in recent memory. For Bayern Munich this season, he has scored a total of 27 goals in 20 matches in all competitions. In that stretch he has only failed to score twice, once in the first round of the DFB-Pokal and once in the Bundesliga against Fortuna Dusseldorf.
He is currently sitting on 16 goals in the Bundesliga alone. Last year, he won the Torjägerkanone (top scorer in the Bundesliga) with only 22 goals. With five games left this calendar year, Lewy could surpass his total from last season before the winter break!
Lewy is also on fire in the Champions League. After failing to score for the first time this season in the Bundesliga, the Polish Hitman scored four goals in the second half against Red Star in Belgrade. He has scored at least one goal in each of the group stage games so far, ten in total. During this same period of time, Lewy has also scored four goals for Poland, helping his country qualify for Euro 2020. This brings his total to 31 goals since August.
While helping his team as they are still alive and well in three competitions, Robert Lewandowski must have Gerd Muller’s record in the back of his mind. The Bayern legend scored 40 goals in the 1971-72 season. If Lewy keeps this pace, he is well on his way to passing the Bayern great.
Let us all hope that he stays healthy and is able to sustain this pace. We are all witnessing an epic, and potentially historic run from our number nine.
Note: In case anyone is wondering about how the baker, Dennis Teuber is doing this year, he has unfortunately fallen off a little bit. Through 11 games in Kressliga Herne A, he only has 12 goals. His average of 1.09 goals per game is a huge drop off from last season’s 3.74 goals per game. However, to be fair, everyone knows that the jump from Kreisliga Herne B1 to Kreisliga Herne A is the toughest in Germany.