Securing an eighth straight Bundesliga title this season will be no easy task for Bayern, especially in light of how much Dortmund has bolstered its squad. In a recent interview with Bundesliga.com, however, Robert Lewandowski says Bayern Munich is ready to do whatever it takes to stay at the top.
Right after Bayern returns to Germany from the Audi pre-season tour in the United States, the team will go straight into the thick of the action with the DFL Supercup final against Dortmund and then their first round clash in the DFB-Pokal against Energie Cottbus. Lewandowski feels that the team has maintained a high work ethic this pre-season and that the squad will be ready to go in two weeks’ time:
The season is going to be very long, but we still have a few more weeks to go. There’s also the Supercup and the DFB Cup before the start of the Bundesliga season, and we’ve already been working really hard. But the important thing is that we are at full tilt when the league starts.
At present, defensive reinforcements Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard remain the club’s only two signings alongside Fiete Arp. Lewandowski feels that the two Frenchman will make big impacts this season:
They’re top players and can help the team immediately. They already have experience, so you can expect them to play a key role. But the expectations are, of course, always very high when you come to Bayern.
Although Bayern faces another massive threat from Dortmund this season, Lewandowski believes everyone in the squad will work exceptionally hard to ensure they stay at the top level:
If you’re the defending champions, the following season can be even more difficult. Everyone is expecting another team to finally be champions. But we are Bayern Munich, we are the reigning champions and we want to stay on top. This also means that we train even harder for it — work even harder — and go that extra mile in games. You have to show again and again that you are number one.
The Polish ace was rested for Bayern’s final friendly match in the U.S against AC Milan on account of a slight muscular problem, but he has been working hard on the pitch and in the gym to stay as fit as possible. Lewandowski hopes to improve his 22-goal tally in the Bundesliga from last season en route to an eighth straight title for the club and a deep run in the Champions League.