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Lewandowski could fail to break Muller’s record due to injury - Makaay

Wed 31 March 2021 | 10:09

The Poland international’s injury could blow his opportunity to break Gerd Muller’s record, according to Roy Makaay.

Roy Makaay

believes

Robert Lewandowski

’s chance of breaking

Gerd Muller

’s record for the number of goals in one

Bundesliga

season could be blown away. The 32-year-old sustained a knee injury in the World Cup qualifier against Andorra and will be rested for a month.

The Poland striker will not feature in the Champions League quarter-final clash against Paris Saint-Germain as well as the battles against RB Leipzig, Union Berlin, Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Mainz.

Lewandowski has met the back of the net 35 times in 25 matches this season and was sure he could break Muller’s record of 40 goals in the 1971-72 season.

However, there are three games left for the League leaders after the battle against Mainz, and Makaay is concerned that he could miss his chance. The former Bayern Munich forward is also worried about Hansi Flick’s options in replacing the striker.

"

For me, Lewandowski has been the best centre-forward in the world for years. What he does inside and outside the penalty area as a number nine is unbelievable,"

he told

Spox

.

"It certainly won't be easy [now] for Lewandowski to break the record. This absence is not good news for Bayern. As for his replacement, you'd have to make that [decision] dependent on the opposition. [Serge] Gnabry is more agile than [Eric Maxim] Choupo-Moting."

Makaay, however, is confident that Lewandowski will be a prolific asset in the next seasons as well, insisting that Bayern Munich don’t need to sign Erling Haaland.

"

Anyone who scores so consistently at that age can only have a great future ahead of them,"

Makaay said of the Norway star.

"But Lewandowski still has a few very good years ahead of him, I'm sure of that."

Makaay admitted that he would have liked the opportunity to play alongside Lewandowski as well as two other key players.

"

Lewandowski and I would certainly have made a good partnership, but I'd also have liked to play with a guy like Thomas Muller,"

he said.

"The person I really like as a personality is Joshua Kimmich. You want a player like that behind you as a striker. In my time, we had Michael Ballack and later Schweini [Bastian Schweinsteiger] – they weren't too bad, either."


source: SportMob