Robert Lewandowski on How Long He Plans to Continue Playing & Bayern's Return Preparations

Toby Cudworth
May 13, 2020, 7:53 PM GMT+1
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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is feeling refreshed and ready to go ahead of the Bundesliga's return this weekend.

The 31-year-old hasn't seen competitive action since play was halted in Germany in early March, owing to the global spread of coronavirus.

But Lewandowski, along with his Bayern teammates, is preparing for an imminent return to action after Germany's government gave the all-clear for the Bundesliga to resume, despite the ongoing threat that COVID-19 poses.


Not playing competitively for two months isn't fazing Lewandowski and his teammates though, as he's told 90min that Bayern are fully prepared to face Union Berlin on Sunday, while adding that an increased amount of individual training has allowed him to focus on areas of his game that he doesn't usually get time to work on.

"I have to say the 'pre-season' that we've had the last two months has allowed us to have some really, really great training sessions with great quality and we're very, very happy.

"As for me, I'm happy with what I've done over the last two months. Maybe before I didn't have time to fix a lot of things, so these training sessions have been amazing the last two months to allow me to be fit with my body.

"We're prepared for the game. Sure, for the first 10 to 20 minutes we may not have the perfect confidence but I hope that it will return to us quickly and will be the same like before."

Lewandowski also spoke on how long he'd like to continue playing at the highest level for, injury permitting. In the 10 years since he moved to Borussia Dortmund, he's missed just 18 Bundesliga games through illness or injury - netting an astonishing 227 goals in that time.

That superb record is something that Lewandowski attributes to preparation away from the field of play, and is something that he hopes can lead to at least three or four more years at the very top of the game.

"I'm trying to be fit all the time, to be healthy," he added. "I know that sometimes if you don't think about what's going to happen in the next few years that will be difficult to stay fit and stay at that high level because it's not only the things that you're doing in training, during the game or between the game, it's about what you're doing at home.

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"If I can play three or four years longer that will be great news, but now, for me, it's still too early to say. But I want to play a long time and I hope that I'm staying at that high level during the next few years. This is what I want to do."

For now, sealing an eight successive Bundesliga crown with Bayern, as well as leading the Bavarians to DfB Pokal and Champions League glory, are Lewandowski's immediate aims - but he may have one eye on Gerd Muller's all-time Bundesliga scoring record. He is just a mere 138 goals behind the legendary striker, after all.

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