Lewandowski blames Ancelotti for Bayern injury issues

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The Bavarian side have lost many key players to injury in recent weeks, and the Polish striker insists it has nothing to do with the current coach

Robert Lewandowski has blamed Bayern Munich's injury issues on former coach Carlo Ancelotti's relaxed training routine.

Bayern's form has turned around since Ancelotti was sacked in October and replaced by Jupp Heynckes. The Bavarian side trailed Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga before the Italian was let go and now sit top of the table with a three-point lead after 13 weeks.

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Despite the improvement in results, they have suffered casualties in recent weeks, as Thiago Alcantara, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben have all suffered muscle injuries, while Juan Bernat recently made his return from a spell on the sidelines.

And Lewandowski feels the recurring issues are not down to Heynckes, but a knock-on effect of their previous boss' laid back style.

"If many muscle injuries happen you don't have to look at the last few weeks, but go back two or three months," he told SportBild.

"It's more likely that the reason lies there.

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"If there is too little training you have to do something individually."

Bayern saw a nine-game winning streak in all competitions under Heynckes come to an end on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach.

They return to action on Saturday when they face Hannover at home before hosting Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

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