Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski credits revamp for his superb form

The call comes early on Sunday morning. Very early, if you consider that Robert Lewandowski had earned himself a visit to Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival the night before thanks to two goals in Bayern Munich's 3-0 away win at Mainz."He's allowed to go with his wife," Pep Guardiola had told reporters at the Coface-Arena with a smile. Alas, there was not even the hint of a hangover the next morning. "I stayed at home, of course," the 27-year-old tells ESPN FC in a telephone interview from Bayern's training ground, with a chuckle. "It was nice of the manager to let me go, but we are playing on Tuesday [against Dinamo Zagreb]


The customary team gathering in the festival's glitziest tent is scheduled for later this week but the players will have to keep their intake at moderate levels; Bayern's top of the table clash vs. Dortmund is just around the corner on Sunday. The games are coming thick and fast for the Bavarians now, which is a good thing as far as Lewandowski is concerned. The Polish striker is on a fantastic scoring run that has taken him to 10 goals in just seven league games. Only Gerd Müller, Germany's greatest-ever forward, managed to net this often and this early in a season.

"It's nice when they're going in but you cannot stop working hard because of that," says Lewandowski, who credits Bayern's slightly different tactical set-up for his proficiency this season. Instead of the injured Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry, who love cutting inside and shooting on goal himself, Guardiola is currently fielding two more orthodox wingers who look to supply the centre instead.

"With Douglas Costa and [Kingsley] Coman on the wings, there are lots of crosses and therefore lots of chances in the box. It also helps that Thomas Müller is playing very closely to me, like a second striker. It's hard to keep the ball when you're up against four defenders and two holding midfielders by yourself. It's easier with somebody next to you, somebody you can combine with."