Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hitzfeld: Bayern doesn't need Lewandowski

The former FCB boss feels there's no room for the Poland international at the Champions League holders under new head coach Pep Guardiola
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld believes Bayern Munich do not need Robert Lewandowski.

Last year's first choice striker Mario Mandzukic has struggled to secure regular first team action at Bayern during preseason following the arrival of Guardiola and Hitzfeld thinks a similar scenario would have been on the cards for Lewandowski in the Bavarians' 'false nine' system.

"Bayern do not need Lewandowski in normal circumstances. They already showed last season how strong they are," Hitzfeld was quoted as saying by TZ.

"I really liked Mandzukic a lot. He fought himself into the team and brought a winner mentality with him. If Mandzukic is not going to play as a real No.9, then how is Lewandowski going to get playing time?

"Lewandowski is a real No.9 as well, he's no [Lionel] Messi. That's what I'm wondering about. Do you really need Lewandowski in [Pep] Guardiola's system..."

The Poland international, 24, was widely expected to join Bayern this summer, but BVB eventually vetoed the move and refused to let its star striker follow in the footsteps of Mario Gotze and join its archrivals.

Lewandowski's contract with Dortmund runs out in the summer of 2014, though, and he still seems destined to make the move to Bayern next year.