Robert Lewandowski has his work cut out to match Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga goals record but Bayern Munich will do all they can to make it happen, Hansi Flick has said.
Muller hit 40 goals for Bayern in the 1971-72 season, a mark that is firmly in the sights of Lewandowski after he began the campaign with 22 goals in Bayern’s first 17 games.
Speaking ahead of Bayern’s trip to face Schalke on Sunday, in a clash of the top and bottom teams in the German top flight, Flick spoke of how he used to idolise the legendary Muller.
As leaders Bayern pursue a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title, the prospect of Lewandowski challenging Muller is drawing plenty of attention, and Flick indicated the team would love it to happen.
“Gerd Muller was my role model,” said Flick. “Unfortunately, I’ve never scored as many goals as he did, I wasn’t as lethal, maybe at the beginning in the youth teams.
“He was a striker who was always ready to accept balls outside the box and you could combine together with him. He was wonderful in front of goal.
“For Robert to have scored more goals than him in the first half of the season shows his quality and that the team keep supporting him to end up in situations where he can score goals.