Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller feels awful for his partner-in-chaos Robert Lewandowski.
While Müller, Hansi Flick, and the rest of the Bavarians will be preparing for the showdown with RB Leipzig, the Polish Hitman will be nursing the unfortunate knee injury that he picked up last week — during an even more unfortunate international break.
Müller acknowledged that it is tough to see a great competitor like Lewandowski sit out, but also thinks that he and his teammates are up for the challenge.
“It’s very tough for Lewy and for us as a team. When our best scorer by far and a character like that gets injured, it’s really not easy. But that’s the challenge of professional football and not completely new,” Müller said in an interview with FCBayern.com. “We have to compensate for it together. We still have very good options in attack and different variations for the line-up. It’ll certainly look a bit different than in the games with Lewy. But I’m still feeling positive. There will always be injuries and at inopportune times. That’s why we don’t have just one top-quality player in the team, but lots and lots of them. We aim to get the maximum out of the situation until Lewy’s back.””
As far as how things will look without Lewandowski on the pitch, Müller knows they dup has a great partnership and talked through why it has worked so well.
“Lewy and I have been playing together for about seven years. Of course, we have a certain connection and we know how the other reacts, which spaces he likes to run into or when it comes to playing a one-two. There’s an understanding of the game there and we’re very well-drilled,” Müller said. “It’s certainly not an advantage for us or for my game because I’m always looking for Lewy as well. But now I have to find another player who’ll make those runs, or I might be the one who receives the pass in the penalty area. We have to step into the breach, and as a team score as many goals as Lewy.”