The German press has criticized Harry Kane after Bayern Munich suffered a terrible 3-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday night.
Thomas Tuchel’s team faced the decisive clash with only two points separating them from their rivals for the Bundesliga title.
However, Bayern suffered a disastrous night as they were defeated thanks to goals from Josip Stanisic, Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong. To add insult to injury, Stanisic is currently on loan at Leverkusen from Bayern.
The result means Xabi Alonso’s unbeaten side are five points ahead of Bayern with 13 games remaining, and the German giants are now in danger of missing out on the Bundesliga title for the first time since 2011-12. after having won it. for 11 consecutive seasons.
And, after the crash, several Bayern stars were criticized by the German media, including Kane.
Harry Kane was criticized by the German media after Bayern Munich’s defeat against Bayer Leverkusen
Kane’s Bayern were beaten 3-0 by their Bundesliga title rivals on a depressing night
Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has seen his team move five points ahead of Bayern at the top of the table.
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German store BILD called his performance a “catastrophe”, while the headline of one article read: “The Kane disaster.”
He went on to add: “They actually brought him in for games like this,” before later saying: “Harry Kane and his worst game in a Bayern shirt.”
In total, the England captain took just 18 touches in the 90 minutes and had one shot, giving Bayern an xG of 0.27 despite having 62 per cent of the possession.
Bild’s report went on to criticize Kane for his inefficiency against Leverkusen’s defenders, while highlighting how Alonso’s team deserved the victory, with Tuchel complaining about his team’s “lack of power up front”.
He continued: ‘Kane wasn’t in the game at all. No goal, no assist: BILD grade 6!
“Only his effort was correct: he ran 10.8 km, only Mazraoui ran more for Bayern.
‘He should win the top scorer’s cannon. But he came to Bayern to win championships…’
Kane’s £100m move to Germany in the summer came with the aim of winning trophies as, despite being one of the best strikers of his generation, the 30-year-old is yet to lift any trophies in his career.
But with their title fight faltering, with Bayern out of the DFB Pokal and having failed to win the German Super Cup, this drought could continue, even if Bayern remains in the Champions League.
Despite the significant criticism Kane faced following the Leverkusen defeat, he has enjoyed a sensational season.
The 30-year-old has 28 goals and eight assists in 28 appearances in all competitions and even with Saturday’s clean sheet, Kane has scored 24 goals in 21 league games.
German outlet Bild harshly criticized Kane with a pair of strongly worded headlines.
The defeat put pressure on Thomas Tuchel as Bayern won the Bundesliga for 11 consecutive seasons.
But a terrible performance in the biggest match of the season so far has sparked a huge outcry, with Bayern star Thomas Müller punching his teammates after the match, hinting that all is not well in the team.
Speaking to Sky Sports Germany, he fumed: “Of course, there are some symptoms on the pitch. To be honest, I’m pissed.
‘To quote Oliver Kahn: What I miss about us gamers are the bitches in the game. We are showing significantly better approaches in training.
‘It’s okay to feel pressure, but there needs to be energy and freedom. That’s missing from our game.”
He continued: ‘Sometimes we have to talk about ourselves, the players. It’s not just about the coach.
“We have many international players at the highest level, we have to improve our game.”
Thomas Tuchel refused to give up on the title race after the match and echoed Müller’s words about better implementation among his team.
Thomas Müller, Kane’s teammate at Bayern, harshly criticized his teammates and said he is “pissed off”
The criticism of Kane comes despite his magnificent record of 28 goals since his £100million transfer.
He added: ‘We are not going to throw in the towel on any day. For us the gap has changed, but the approach has not.
“We have to move forward, we have to improve and live up to the standards that Thomas (Muller) has also formulated.”
Saturday’s result came after the first league meeting between the title rivals ended in a 2-2 draw in September with Kane scoring on that occasion.
Bayern return to action on Wednesday when they face Lazio in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, before traveling to Bochum in the Bundesliga next Sunday.