Lewandowski hits out at Bayern bosses

Robert Lewandowski said that neither Karl-Heinz Rummenigge nor Uli Hoeness defended him from criticism, earlier, this year.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski   -  Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski slammed Bayern Munich's management for leaving him with "no protection", earlier, in the year but said that the club's supporters convinced him to stay.

The 30-year-old striker reflected on the reaction to his failure to score as Bayern was knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in last season's semifinal, and said that the club failed to defend him against criticism.

Lewandowski has, since, bounced back, scoring four goals in Bayern's first two competitive games of the 2018-19 season, but he was unreserved in his comments about the club's handling of him.

"In April, May everyone criticised me. And, I felt no protection from the club, felt alone. I scored no goals in two or three important games and suddenly everyone was saying: open fire against Lewandowski!" Lewandowski told Sport Bild.

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"I did not see anyone who supported me at the time. Neither of the club bosses defended me. I did not feel well in Munich in those moments. In this time it did not fit anymore."

A hat-trick in Bayern's 5-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFL-Supercup silenced Lewandowski's critics, and he followed that up with the winning goal in a 1-0 defeat of Drochtersen/Assel in the DFB-Pokal.

He said that it was the support of the club's fans, rather than its management, that ensured he remains a Bayern player and strengthened his resolve to stay.

"I noticed in Munich that the fans support me. I realised that they still want me here. I will never strike, never mess with the club. I'm not wasting any thought on another club now," said the Poland international.