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Lewandowski can’t get any bettter, says Nagelsmann

Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
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Julian Nagelsmann believes Robert Lewandowski only needs to focus on keeping himself fit in training, as he cannot get any better.

Lewandowski was extraordinary for Bayern Munich last season, managing a career-best of 55 goals in just 47 outings. Add his 10 assists to the mix, he directly contributed 65 goals in all competitions.

The Pole’s exploits played a key role in the club securing a treble in winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League. A maiden Ballon d’Or may have even come his way had France Football not pulled the plug on the year’s award.

But the 2020/21 campaign is now just around the corner, with Bayern to begin the defense of their Bundesliga crown at home to Schalke on Friday.

Therefore, Lewandowski has it all to do again as Hansi Flick’s side chase a remarkable ninth successive league crown in Germany this season.

Although while the 32-year-old will be keen to build on his glowering reputation for the new season, Nagelsmann feels he heads into it with the simple need of keeping himself focused and fresh.

The RB Leipzig boss told RB Live: “With all due respect, Robert Lewandowski doesn’t really have to train anything anymore.

“He can do everything. He just has to train in such a way that he’s fresh and ready for the weekend.

“In addition, we can no longer pick from the top shelf of internationally coveted young players. At this point, [Borussia] Dortmund and Bayern are ahead of us. Therefore, we will not be able to catch these teams if things go normally.”

Lewandowski finished with 34 goals and four assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season to help Bayern finish 13 points above runners-up Borussia Dortmund and a further three ahead of Leipzig.