Emotional Lewandowski must respect 'boss' Heynckes - Boateng

German Bundesliga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/05/2018

Jerome Boateng insisted that his Bayern Munich teammate Robert Lewandowski must control his emotions and respect coach Jupp Heynckes after the star striker refused to shake the head coach's hand when he was substituted against Cologne.

The 29-year-old Poland captain scored in Bavarian 3-1 victory over Cologne on last weekend but the striker was less than impressed after being substituted with 13 minutes from time and refusing to acknowledge the German manager as he left the pitch.

Heynckes was not amused by Lewandowski's behaviour as the 72-year-old vented his irritation post-match on the weekend but Bayern team-mate and defender Boateng said that Lewandowski should respect the two-time Champions League winning coach. 

"The coach [Jupp Heynckes] is the boss," Boateng told reporters after Bayern unveiled their 2018-19 home kit on Tuesday via FourFourTwo.

"As I have said before, as a player you sometimes have emotional periods. Probably [Robert] Lewandowski wanted to score one or two more goals.

"Despite that, you can manage it differently. But it is clear that it is the responsibility of the coach [to make decisions] and he is the absolute boss."

Lewandowski tops the Bundesliga charts with 29 goals this season, 14 more than nearest rival Nils Petersen of Freiburg.