Berlin - Robert Lewandowski may be facing off against the Bundesliga’s stingiest defence, but the Bayern Munich striker has every reason to think he will find the net when Wolfsburg visit on Saturday.
Lewandowski has been in vintage form this season in the 2019-20 Bundesliga, scoring 19 goals.
In 16 matches this season, Wolfsburg have conceded just 16 goals – three lower than Lewandowski’s current total as the Bundesliga's winter break approaches.
If history is any guide, however, the tally is set to rise higher given the Pole’s knack for finding the net against the Wolves, who are officially Lewandowski’s favourite Bundesliga opponent.
In 18 games against the green and whites, Lewandowski has found the back of the net 21 times, including his remarkable five goals in nine minutes against them in September 2015.
That feat was all the more impressive because he had come off the bench with Bayern behind 1-0.
When he scored Bayern’s opener against Freiburg in midweek, Lewandowski overtook club legend and former coach Jupp Heynckes to move to third on the all-time Bundesliga goal-scoring list with 221.
'Fittest man in football'
Lewandowski told the Bayern Munich website he was flattered, if not a little embarrassed, to be in such illustrious company.
“It’s a great honour to overtake a legend like that. I’m really happy about it,” Lewandowski said.
“I’m almost a bit sorry as he was my coach and we worked very well together.”
With more than a goal per game this season, Lewandowski is not far off the all-time record of 40 goals Mueller set playing for Bayern in 1971-72.
Now third on the list, Lewandowski is still well behind Klaus Fischer in 268 and Mueller’s remarkable total of 365, although considering the Pole’s reputation as the ‘fittest man in football’, it would take a brave pundit to rule him out.
Forced to bring on debutant Joshua Zirkzee to score an injury-time winner in midweek, Bayern's interim coach Hansi Flick said his major focus was getting his injury-hit squad through to the Christmas break with one final victory.
"The lads have played a lot of matches, it's clear we’re exhausted,” Flick said.
Wolfsburg started the season with a bang and were the final undefeated team in the Bundesliga before hitting a rough patch and losing four out of five games from November until mid-December.
They have bounced back recently, beating then leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach and drawing with an in-form Schalke over the past week.