Bayern Munich’s prolific striker Robert Lewandowski has stressed the importance of the FIFA Club World Cup, saying the global title would be the “cherry on the cake” after an amazing year.
“We have the chance to win the sixth title (in 12 months). We know what that means, not just in the history of Bayern, but in the whole of football,” the Pole told a news conference on Tuesday.
“We want to show that we are determined to win this competition.”
Lewandowski scored a brace in the 2-0 win against Al Ahly of Egypt in the semi-final on Monday and is out to strike again in Thursday’s final against Tigres UANL of Mexico.
“We have the chance to become the second team ever to win six titles in one year (after Barcelona in 2009). When you are so close to winning a trophy, you have to give everything to make it happen,” the striker said.
Against Al Ahly, Lewandowski, who was also recently voted the world’s top player in the FIFA Best 2020 awards, increased his season’s goal tally to 29 in 27 competitive games.
In the Bundesliga, he has scored 24 in 27 matches so far and chases Gerd Muller’s 40-goal record from the 1971-72 season.
“At the moment there are more important things than the record,” Lewandowski said.
He also said it was a “beautiful moment” to play in front of fans again. Around 12,000 spectators were allowed in the stadium to watch the semi-final, while in Germany currently all games must be played behind closed doors.
“I honestly have to say, I almost forgot how it is to play in front of fans,” he said.