Pressure is mounting on Robert Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich ace failed to find the net for over half an hour against Wolfsburg.
The goal-shy striker endured a torrid night, scoring five times in nine second-half minutes but failing to hit the target even once afterwards, as the Allianz Arena outfit struggled to a 5-1 victory.
Manager Pep Guardiola defended Lewandowski, while acknowledging that his star hitman needed to step up a gear, and fast.
“Robert is very disappointed not to have scored today, apart from the five goals he scored in nine minutes,” said the Catalan boss. “Still, if you consider his overall contribution, including his aerial presence, his link-up play, and all of those goals, then he did all right.”
Others were more critical, with patience for Lewandowski’s woes in short supply. Pundit Jens Reinhardt said: “He’s shown he can do it on a Tuesday night against Wolfsburg between the 46th and 54th minutes.
“But can he do it on a Tuesday night against Wolfsburg between the 55th and and 90th minutes? All the evidence suggests that he cannot.” Others close to Lewandowski are also concerned with the ex-Borussia Dortmund man’s alarming slump in form, and how it may be affecting other aspects of his life.
“We’re so worried about Robert,” a Bayern insider told FourFourTwo. “He’s been awake since, ooh, it must be eight o’clock this morning. He hasn’t eaten since lunch, which was nearly an hour ago. As you can imagine, everyone here is under incredible stress. We haven’t won the league since May, so we’re keen to get it wrapped up by Christmas at the very latest.”
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