Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has told Bild he has not given up hope of landing a third Bundesliga title with the club.
Lewandowski, 25, struck twice from the penalty spot to secure Dortmund’s 3-1 victory at Mainz, with the brace moving him two clear at the top of this season’s Bundesliga scoring charts.
However, Dortmund currently trail champions and current league leaders Bayern Munich by seven points -- and second-placed Bayer Leverkusen by three.
Bayern, undefeated in 39 consecutive league games, are overwhelming favourites to retain their title, but Lewandowski -- who is expected to announce in January that he will move to the Bavarians on a free transfer in summer 2014 -- believes Juergen Klopp’s side are still in the hunt.
“It would be too early to say goodbye to all title hopes,” Lewandowski told Bild. “It can always be that Bayern run into a minor crisis. I certainly have not lost hope. We should take care of winning our games.”
The Poland international is expected to announce his free transfer to Bayern Munich in early January, but during his last couple of months at Dortmund has not given hope to land another title with BVB.
Ahead of Dortmund’s DFB-Pokal match at third-tier team Saarbruecken this Tuesday, Lewandowski also said he is targeting a return to Berlin, where the Cup final will be played in May.
Lewandowski’s hat trick helped Dortmund to their first ever domestic double as they beat Bayern Munich 5-2 in the 2012 final.
“Anyone, who has been in Berlin once and lifted the trophy wants to return. The final is only three wins away,” he said.
Last season, Leverkusen attacker Stefan Kiessling won the Bundesliga top scorer trophy, beating Lewandowski by a single goal. Currently, Lewandowski has been on target 11 and Kiessling nine times, both strikers could end up fighting for the trophy until the last match day again.
“One goal was missing last season. That was annoying. Of course, I would like to become the Bundesliga top scorer but the most important thing is to have success as a team.”