‘Bayern are a one-man team with Robben’

Dietmar Hamann criticised the over-reliance on the Dutchman and suggests Robert Lewandowski’s misuse could force out the striker

'Bayern are a one-man team with Robben'

Bayern Munich have become a “one-man team” with Arjen Robben at their epicentre and are risking alienating “best No.9 in the world” Robert Lewandowski , according to Dietmar Hamann.

The five-time European champions drew 0-0 with Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie in Lviv on Tuesday, despite losing Xabi Alonso to a second-half sending-off.

And the former Bayern midfielder said after the match that the team are expecting too much from Robben as they aim to regain the continental crown they last won in 2013.

“Bayern are a one-man team at the moment,” Hamann told Sky Sports. “Mario Gotze has had his ups and downs, and Franck Ribery is back from injury but didn’t get involved tonight.

“Thomas Muller is better deeper when he can come from deep and use his pace.”

Hamann went on to add that the exclusion of Lewandowski, who came off the bench for the last 15 minutes in Lviv, could lead the Poland striker to consider quitting Pep Guardiola’s side for another of Europe’s top clubs.

“I’m surprised Lewandowski started on the bench. His head is not in the right place,” Hamann said.

“If you want to be successful against the best teams, like Barcelona and Real Madrid, you need Lewandowski and I don’t know how much he’ll be on the side of the coach.

“There are no assurances he’ll be there next season. The way they play under Guardiola, I don’t think it suits Lewandowski. At Bayern, he simply doesn’t get enough balls.

“Manchester United could do with a Lewandowski. I think he’s tailor-made for Arsenal or Manchester United. He’s the best No.9 in the world.”

Bayern will host Shakhtar in the second leg clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday March 11.

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