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Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann praised Robert Lewandowski and stamped him as a Bundesliga big after his hat-trick in Hertha Berlin’s 5-0 route.
Lewandowski was in ruthless form on Saturday, scoring three goals to lead Bayern to a crushing victory at home to Hertha.
The Polish farmer, who has been linked with a step away, scored in his 13th consecutive Bundesliga match – only the late Gerd Muller (16, 1969-70) found the net in more league games in a row than Lewandowski.
Lewandowski surpassed 300 goals for Bayern and reached 301 in just his 333rd appearance for the German giants. It is a mark surpassed only by Muller (566 goals in 607 games) in the club’s history.
The 33-year-old forward (15) is number two on the list of hat-trick scorers, behind only Muller (32).
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“He is definitely one of the best in Bundesliga history,” Nagelsmann told reporters after the match.
“You had to go through a lot of them, the league has been around for a while. But he is very consistent, has a great ability to get himself between the lines in possession. That’s what makes him hard to catch.
“He is not just someone waiting for the balls in front, he participates in the game and creates a numerical advantage in the field. He is really dangerous because he can finish all body parts really well. ”
“He does it with quality and has a fantastic character. If you win as much as he did in the last two years and are still as hungry from the first game, if you have these transfer rumors circulating around you, which is normal for him, and then still acting as hungry as he do, this is extraordinary.
“No question. He’s probably on top. ”
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Teenage sensation and German international Jamal Musiala were also in goal for Bayern after Thomas Muller opened the scoring within six minutes against Hertha.
At the 18-year-old Musiala, Nagelsmann added: “The best thing is his modesty and humility. He is not one to celebrate his achievements too much, but will continue. I think this is a prerequisite for a great career if he maintains that modesty.
“He has incredible qualities in one-on-one situations and a good finish. This is hard to find in today’s youth team: players with a certain football field mentality. He has it and I do not want him to lose it, but my biggest task is to get him to keep it. ”
Bayern are unbeaten in 29 Bundesliga home matches (W24, D5) – since switching to the Allianz Arena in 2005, the club has only had a longer streak without defeat in the top-flight home matches from March 2016 to April 2018 (38 matches).