Bayern Munich created a 4 point gap at the top of the Bundesliga table thanks to their hard-fought 2-1 win over SC Freiburg at the Allianz Arena. In what should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone with any sort of footballing sense, Robert Lewandowski was the first name on the score sheet when he gave Bayern an early 1-0 lead in the 7th minute, slotting home what was a clever lay-off from Thomas Muller.
Lewandowski’s goal took his Bundesliga tally this season to 21, which is nine more than both Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (both on 12 goals). Additionally, with his goal against Freiburg, Lewandowski became the first player in the Bundesliga to reach 21 goals in the hinrunde (Az). Of course, even though we still had the brief winter-pause during the holiday period, we’re still in the first half of the season and the ruckrunde does not technically start until Bayern’s January 24th clash in Gelsenkirchen against Schalke.
Lewandowski is the first player in Bundesliga history to score 21 goals in the first 16 matchdays of the season pic.twitter.com/4KRqoR34pG— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 17, 2021
It was Gerd Müller who previously held the Bundesliga’s hinrunde scoring record by scoring 20 goals in the first half of the 1968/69 season for Bayern. Lewandowski still has Bayern’s midweek match at Augsburg to add to the record-breaking tally as it’s the official last match of the hinrunde for this bizarrely scheduled season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lewandowski is also on pace to better and/or at least equal Müller’s single-season Bundesliga scoring record of 40 goals. The Polish ace came close last season, finding the back of the net 34 times in the league, but he’s currently averaging at least 1.4 goals per game. At that current rate, he would end the season averaging 47.6 goals, crushing Müller’s record.
Of course, the averages are numbers based and don’t take variables into consideration, and Lewandowski scored 4 goals in the 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin and has a total of 6 matches where he’s scored more than one goal. There’s only been 4 matches he hasn’t scored in, one of which was he 2-1 win at FC Köln at the end of October, for which he was rested entirely. Additionally another one of those 4 matches was the 4-1 loss at Hoffenheim, during which he only played 33 minutes, coming on as a second half substitute. Even applying all of the expected variables, it’s still hard to see Lewandowski not breaking the record, even with the Champions knockout stages starting next month.