Bayern counts on Lewandowski goals in Gladbach

Another double strike from Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski would see him equal the league record of scoring twice in four consecutive games.

Robert Lewandowski moved from Borussia Dortmund to direct rival Bayern Munich in 2014.   -  Bongarts

Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski has struck twice in each of Bayern Munich's last three league matches, but the champion will need even more from him if it is beat host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday and stay in the top spot.

Voted Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2020 in December, the Pole has been on a roll this season, finding the net 19 times in 14 league games as he chases Gerd Mueller's legendary 40-goal haul from 1971/72.

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Another double strike from Lewandowski would see him equal the league record of scoring twice in four consecutive games.

Last season's treble winner has now been forced to come back from at least one goal down in each of its last eight league games, a club record.

But it also managed at least a point in each of these matches, largely thanks to Lewandowski.

"With Lewandowski, Bayern has a world-class striker who does not need many chances to score goals," said Gladbach coach Marco Rose.

"He will look for spaces and to defend against such a player, you have to have a top day. But we have good central defenders and they need to rise to the occasion."

 

Right attitude

Gladbach, which, like Bayern, has qualified for the Champions League knockout stage, has the best record of any Bundesliga team against the Bavarians since 2014, having beaten them five times and drawn twice in 12 league games. "We have gathered experiences of playing games against top teams in the Champions League. We need to take these experiences into this game because you have to have the right attitude against Bayern," Rose said.

"We need to have the conviction that we can get something from this game. On a very good day, we are able to hurt Bayern and beat them."

It will, however, be tough with Bayern's Joshua Kimmich scoring on his return from a long-term injury absence last week and looking as sharp as ever as they fired five second-half goals past Mainz 05 after falling 2-0 behind.

Bayern winger Kingsley Coman is also set to return after missing the Mainz game through injury.

The champion is top of the standings with 33 points, while Gladbach is in seventh place with 21 after managing just one win in its last four games.

"We have to keep the game open for as long as we can and carve out our chances," said Rose. "We want to get something out of it because in our situation it is very important."

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