According to RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern Munich rebel Robert Lewandowski could not get better so he just needs to train to heal himself.
Lewandowski has a career-high 55 goals in 47 games since Bayern finished third in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League last season.
The 32-year-old will once again play a key role as the Bavarians move in search of the ninth straight league title in the 2020-21 season.
Nagelsmann believes that Lewandowski is at a point in his career where he can only rely on newcomers for the demands of the season, the luxury players in Leipzig unable to afford it.
“With respect, Robert Lewandowski no longer needs to learn anything,” Nagelsmann said RB Live.
“He can do anything. He just has to train in a way that he is fresh and ready for the weekend.
“Furthermore, we can no longer select the most influential young international players from the top ranks. At this point, [Borussia] Dortmund and Bayern are ahead of us. So, if things go normally we will not be able to get these teams. “
Leipzig finished third in the Bundesliga last season and, after losing to attacking duo Timo Werner and Patrick Schick, Nagelsmann is simply hoping his young team will not fall behind.
“If we were fifth or sixth, it would have been heartbreaking for everyone involved. I put that pressure on myself,” he said.
“You have to take into account the performance gaps with young players. There will be point losses and you will find it difficult to get to the top.”
Leipzig signed Ademola Lookman from Everton last summer after the attacking midfielder spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at the club.
But the England Under-21 international started just one in the Bundesliga last season and Nagelsmann made it harder for him to increase the fight for a place in the team next season.
“He is very unhappy with his situation. He has to believe that this is the right way for him, even though the first year did not go so well,” he added.
“If it is not, it will not take a performance shot.”
Bayern will open the new Bundesliga season at home on Friday against Schalke, with Leipzig’s first game against Mainz on Sunday.