Jürgen Klinsmann knows a great scorer when he sees one and when he watches Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, the 56-year-old knows he is witnessing greatness.
“I think Robert Lewandowski is a real phenomenon. I mean, the way he has played his career, throughout his entire career has already been outstanding but what he has been doing the last few years is just unbelievable. It’s unbelievable the way he scores the goals week in, week out but also how he contributes to the team and how he makes his team win,” Klinsmann said to Bundesliga.com in an extensive interview. “So, he’s a character that is always hungry. He never gets enough. He always wants the next goal and the next goal. He’s a great role model. If you want to teach young forwards and young strikers about the dedication to the game and the hunger towards the game, you show them videos of Robert Lewandowski and you are all good! No, he’s a really phenomenal player. He deserves all the credit in the world. I hope he can crack the record of Gerd Müller.”
We can also add Klinsmann to the list of folks who are hoping the Polish Hitman breaks Müller’s record.
“Well, he has two more games to go. He is one goal short. I wish it will be possible for him because it’s a very special record, I mean, what Gerd Müller did in his time was phenomenal too. It was exceptional,” Klinsmann said. “Obviously, he was the biggest striker we had in Germany. So, he’s a very, very special player and a special person but if he gets a chance to break that record, I think it would mean a lot.”
In trying to explain what makes Lewandowski so good, Klinsmann had trouble identifying one trait — the Poland international is just so good at numerous things.
“Robert Lewandowski is so unique because he has everything in his game. He has all the cards in his pocket. His portfolio is just full with tricks. He is complete because he is left and right footed. He is strong in the air. He is strong at finishing, even free-kicks. Especially penalties which is also something that, if you are a forward, you want to use any chance that comes your way to score,” said Klinsmann. “So, in that way, he is complete but what also makes him so special is that he connects so well with his teammates. He links with his players up front. He comes back. He helps defending corner kicks. He is there defensively for his team so he puts a lot of work into his game. He is not only there waiting for his moment, waiting to finish his own chances. He is there for the team whenever needed, in whatever role he is needed. That is what makes him so special.”
For the full interview at Bundesliga.com, click here.