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The Italian has revealed that he has been a

long-time admirer of the Poland international

and regrets missing the chance to sign the

striker before he moved to Bayern Munich.

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has

revealed that he was interested in signing

Robert Lewandowski during his time in charge

at Stamford Bridge.

Ancelotti spent two years with the Blues,

winning a domestic double in his first season at

the helm before being sacked at the end of a

trophy-less 2010-11 campaign.

However, the Italian cannot help but wonder

about what might have been had he managed to

land Lewandowski, who joined Borussia

Dortmund from Lech Poznan in 2010 and, after

initially struggling to settle at Signal Iduna Park,

quickly established himself as one of the

deadliest strikers in the Bundesliga.

Indeed, Ancelotti explained that he retained a

strong interest in signing the Poland

international after taking charge of Real Madrid

in 2013 only to be left disappointed by the news

that the forward would be joining Bayern Munich

the following summer.

"He's a player that I have always followed,

particularly in the first part of his career, when

he was at Borussia Dortmund," the 56-year-old

told Goal.

"Lewandowski was being followed by many

clubs, not just me. But even when I was at

Chelsea, I was tracking him.

"Also, while I was at Madrid, but by then he was

already going to Bayern, so it was too late."

Lewandowski is currently the form striker in

Europe, with the 27-year-old racking up 15

goals in six games for club and country prior to

the weekend.

He failed to find the back of the net in Bayern's

Champions League opener against Olympiacos

but his treble in the subsequent 5-0 demolition

of Dinamo Zagreb has propelled him into

second place in the leading scorers' charts for

2015-16, just two behind Real Madrid hotshot

Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ancelotti believes that Lewandowski is more

than capable of challenging Ronaldo and

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi for the title of top

marksman in this season's tournament.

"He has the characteristics to finish as top

scorer and he has the team to support him," the

ex-AC Milan boss added. "He has a team

around him that scores so many goals.

"The battle for top scorer will be fought by the

usual suspects: Messi, when he returns from

injury, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"But Lewandowski certainly has the quality to

become the Champions League's top scorer

this season.

"Indeed, the only way you can stop him scoring

at the moment is by taking away the supply line,

but it's not easy because Bayern play very

offensive football and always have possession

of the ball."



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