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Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes denies confrontation with Lewandowski

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Jupp Heynckes has dismissed reports that he was questioning Robert Lewandowski’s commitment to Bayern Munich and confirmed the striker as a likely starter against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Bild has reported that Heynckes confronted the star striker over an apparent decline in his training standards.

Lewandowski, 29, who has been heavily linked with a move to Madrid, failed to fire in the Champions League loss to Los Blancos last week and was on the bench as Bayern beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

However, speaking after that match, Heynckes reiterated the one-on-one conversation was purely motivational, and insisted Lewandowski would not be overlooked for the semi-final second leg.

“I can only tell you what I also said in the press conference yesterday — that I had a good talk with Robert Lewandowski,” the Bayern boss said. “But I did not say anything about the content of it.”

“For me, Robert Lewandowski is a world-class player and please do not think that I will ignore him for Tuesday. So far he managed to score 39 goals in all competitions. This is a mark of which most of the forwards in Europe are dreaming of.”

“We should, first of all, await the game on Tuesday. It was a very positive talk and he always trains well. That’s why I don’t understand [the report].”

Bundesliga: Dortmund capitulate again as Bayern strides on top

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Borussia Dortmund’s slump continued as they lost to mid-table Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, while Bayern extended their unbeaten start under Jupp Heynckes to stride further in the German top-flight.

Peter Bosz’s side — who have won only one of their past eight games — were without star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after dropping their top scorer for disciplinary reasons.

They trailed in comical circumstances early on, as keeper Roman Burki miscontrolled Marc Bartra’s backpass into the path of Chadrac Akolo, who was able to tap the ball into an empty net.

Dortmund was able to bring the game level just before the break; with Maximilian Philipp slamming the rebound into the roof of the net after Andre Schurrle’s penalty was saved by Ron-Robert Zieler.

Stuttgart teenager Josip Brekalo replaced the injured Akolo at the break, and scored his first Bundesliga goal minutes later when he ran from his own half before drilling the ball through Burki’s legs.

Dortmund — who won six of their opening seven Bundesliga games — have not won in the five since then and are nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who won easily against neighbours Augsburg.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for Bayern from close range and then set up Robert Lewandowski’s opening goal.

Lewandowski then got his second — his 13th goal in as many league games this season — from Joshua Kimmich’s cross, and moved Bayern six points above second-placed RB Leipzig, who were forced to a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich issues FIFA threat to ward off Lewandowski bids

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Bayern Munich are prepared to seek FIFA sanctions against any club approaching Robert Lewandowski with the interest of signing the unsettled Polish striker.

Lewandowski, 28, has been linked with a summer transfer window move to Chelsea or Manchester United amidst reports that initial talks over a deal had begun.

However, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich issued a statement to Sky Deutschland to deny the claims, saying: “Robert is under contract at Bayern and only recently renewed his deal until 2021. Bayern Munich waste no thought on a Lewandowski move.”

“There are no talks with other clubs, and there won’t be any. If other clubs negotiate with players who are under long-term contracts, they risk FIFA punishment. The agent also confirmed to us that he has not held any contract talks.”

On the other hand, Lewandowski’s agent has criticised Bayern for not helping his client to secure the Bundesliga golden boot.

Although the striker scored 30 goals for the season, he needed to score twice against Freiburg in the final Bundesliga game of the season to overhaul the tally of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Agent Maik Barthel revealed the Pole felt the club did not help him to achieve the personal landmark, telling Kicker: “Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach gave no call to help him in the last game to win the top-scorer title.”

“He was disappointed as I have never seen him before,” Barthel added. “He really hoped that the team would support him proactively.”

Bayern Munich outclasses Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker

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Bayern Munich looked unassailable as they surged forward for a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with an easy 4-1 drubbing over Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.

Robert Lewandowski scored a brace, while veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben proved that they still have much to offer to Bayern by scoring a goal apiece ahead of a challenging Champions League fixture against Real Madrid.

But they could enter the game in high spirits as Bayern went 2-0 up against their strongest Bundesliga rivals in just 10 minutes. Ribery started the scoring after latching on to a Philipp Lahm cross and finishing a dazzling move that wrongfooted the entire Dortmund defence twice in the fourth minute.

Bundesliga top-scorer Lewandowski then doubled their lead, whipping in a free-kick past Oliver Buerki six minutes later to score against his former club, but a thumping shot from Raphael Guerreiro in the 20th gave the visitors hope.

Arjen Robben, denied four times in the first-half got his deserved goal four minutes after the break firing an unstoppable left-foot shot past Buerki to give Bayern a two-goal cushion once more.

Buerki topped off Dortmund’s misery as he brought down Lewandowski in the box, and the striker converted for his second of the evening to move one goal ahead of Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Bundesliga scorers’ list.

Bayern are now on 68 points, 10 ahead of RB Leipzig with six games left to play, and also remain on course for a treble.