No fooling around
Hoeness dismisses Lewandowski rumours as Bayern get back on track
Robert Lewandowski netted twice on his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich who brushed off their internal strife with a 4-0 hammering of Mainz yesterday.
Lewandowski has now netted 82 goals for Munich amid reports he wants to join Real Madrid next season, but Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness laughed off the claims.
“It’s not April 1,” the Bayern boss told broadcaster Sport1.
The rout left Bayern second in Germany’s top flight, a point behind Hanover, who claimed the lead after four games with a 2-0 win over Hamburg on Friday.
This was a much-improved performance from Bayern compared to last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim and Tuesday’s lacklustre 3-0 win at home to 10-man Anderlecht in the Champions League.
“I’m happy. We had good combinations and created good chances. We did well,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Arjen Robben had slammed Bayern’s performance against the Belgians, while Lewandowski had added to the unrest by criticising the club’s spending policy.
That came after Thomas Muller had complained about being benched for the 2-0 win at Werder Bremen.
However, all three scored against Mainz at Munich’s Allianz Arena.
Muller opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when he drilled home Robben’s pass. The flying Dutch winger added a secHoops’ ond on 23 minutes when he took on Joshua Kimmich’s pass.
Lewandowski then doubled the damage with two superb goals.
Kimmich released Muller on the right wing, who put in a superb cross for the Poland striker to convert on 50 minutes, and he grabbed Bayern’s fourth when he headed past Rene Adler.
Franck Ribery started on Bayern’s bench having thrown his shirt away in disgust after being substituted late against Anderlecht.
Liverpool-bound Naby Keita, meanwhile, was sent off as fifthElsewhere, placed RB Leipzig twice threw away the lead in their 2-2 draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Germany striker Timo Werner scored his fifth goal for Leipzig this season before Thorgan Hazard netted a penalty for Gladbach.
Jean-Kevin Augustin restored Leipzig’s lead when his quick turn put him clear of the defence to fire home, but Lars Stindl equalised.
Keita was sent off on 84 minutes for kicking Christoph Kramer in the face, which left the Germany midfielder with a cut on his face.
Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka scored the second-half winner as Schalke went third with a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen, while Brazil midfielder Caiuby’s superb long-range strike in Augsburg’s 2-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt moved his team up to fifth.
A hundred reasons to smile: Robert Lewandowski (r) scored twice on his 100th league appearance for Bayern.