Harry Kane had a perfect Bundesliga debut. The 30-year-old England captain gave Bayern Munich a 4-0 victory over Werder Bremen on Friday by scoring the team’s second goal (at 74′). The other two goals were scored by Mathys Tel (94′) and Leroy Sané (4′ & 90′). The outcome also comes less than a week after RB Leipzig destroyed Bayern 3-0 in the DFL Supercup.
“It was fantastic,” Kane told Sky Sports following the game. There was a lot of discussion about the game’s buildup, and I couldn’t wait to enter the arena and begin. The early goal gave it a wonderful start, but it was a hard game; we had good chances but couldn’t convert them.
After previous Hoffenheim striker Reiss Nelson, Kane is the main English player to score on his Bundesliga debut, as indicated by Opta. But in addition to scoring Bayern’s second goal, Kane also provided a helping hand for Sané’s first.
The fact that Bayern scored four goals and Kane got off to a fantastic start is wonderful news for the supporters of Germany’s all-time champion team. However, there are some drawbacks as well. Bayern did score the first goal, but Bremen, who played with a high defensive line and lacked much speed, gifted Bayern the goal.
Bremen lost the chance to make life more difficult during the first 20 minutes of the second half due to their lack of pace. Bayern appeared to be in perfect control during the first 45 minutes of the game, but Bremen emerged from the locker room ready to make things interesting.
Similar to how it went against third-division team Viktoria Köln last week, Bremen laboured with pace until running out of gas after 75 minutes. As a result, Bayern was able to score a lot of points and come out on top with what appeared to be a straightforward 4-0 victory.
However, the details of Bayern’s victory are more nuanced. Even with Kane, Bayern struggled to finish chances, and in defence, there is a feeling that a team with pace could overrun this side similarly to how the Red Bulls did last Saturday. These flaws were very much present in Bayern’s 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig.
“They came major areas of strength for out the final part, and that caused us issues for the initial five to ten minutes,” Kane told Sky. However, generally, we maintained our composure and scored there before the boys came off the bench to score the last goal.
In fact, Kane’s second goal appeared to end the game. Kane was able to score from just inside the box after Alphonso Davies’ excellent run helped Werder gain a foothold. His pass found Kane between two defenders just outside the box. To complete the tally, Sané and Tel afterwards added two more points.
The fact that Bayern preserved a clean sheet unlike last week and that their star addition, Harry Kane, had a flawless start were the game’s advantages. The chemistry between Kane and his colleagues will undoubtedly improve, which will address the weaknesses in the attack. Regarding the defence, Tuchel needs to demonstrate that he can finally address Bayern’s propensity to go dark for extended periods of time. On Friday, Bremen missed an opportunity to score where a more capable squad undoubtedly would have.
In either case, there are still advantages, particularly for Kane, who appeared star-struck about playing in the Bundesliga for the first time. Kane told Sky Sports with a wide smile, “The fans from both sides were phenomenal the whole game, really different from some of the Premier League atmospheres I’ve experienced.