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21 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Lewa out to extend dream start

AFP, Berlin
Lewa out to extend dream start
Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring the 2-0 goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match against Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda) in Munich, southern Germany on Wednesday. AFP photo

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is poised to extend his dream start to the season this Saturday with the Polish star striker in the form of his career.

Unusually for the defending champions, Bayern are not having things their own way in the Bundesliga and are fourth in the table after four matches before hosting Cologne on Saturday.

However, it's business as usual for Lewandowski in front of goal, scoring nine times in his last six games in all competitions.

After hitting the back of the net in last Saturday's 1-1 draw against league leaders RB Leipzig, Lewandowski warned he is just warming up: “I will play better in the coming weeks.”

He has seven league goals from four league games, but both Leipzig's Germany striker Timo Werner and Dortmund's Paco Alcacer are on his tail with five each. Werner can add to his purple patch of seven goals in six games in all competitions at Werder Bremen on Saturday evening.

Lewandowski, the Bundesliga's top-scorer for the last two seasons, is no stranger to league scoring records since his jaw-dropping five goals in nine blistering minutes for Bayern in September 2015.

He racked up his 200th Bayern goal on Wednesday, a classic poacher's effort after capitalising on mistakes by Red Star Belgrade defenders in a 3-0 win in their opening Champions League match.

If he scores against Cologne at the Allianz Arena, he will become the first Bayern player for 19 years to have scored in each of the first five rounds of German league matches since ex-Germany striker Carsten Jancker.

Lewandowski's magnificent seven in the league includes a hat-trick last month's 3-0 romp at Schalke and he has never started a season in such impressive form.

He also has a habit of scoring against Cologne, who he has never lost against, with nine goals in 12 games.

Lewandowski has 209 Bundesliga goals for Bayern and ex-club Borussia Dortmund, still way behind 1970s goal-machine Gerd Mueller, who scored 365 times in Germany's top flight.

Key stats

99 - The minutes it takes on average for Robert Lewandowski to score for Bayern Munich.

38 - The shots Lewandowski (21) and Timo Werner (17) have had between them so far in 2019/20 -- the league's top two.

23 - The aerial duals Mats Hummels has won so far this season, the league's second-best tally.

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