SAMI MOKBEL: Bayern Munich have a new hero and he’s England’s captain! Even by Harry Kane’s ridiculously high standards, his Bundesliga debut was breathtaking and will send shockwaves through Germany
- Harry Kane enjoyed a dream debut for Bayern in their win over Werder Bremen
- The England captain scored and assisted Leroy Sane in 4-0 Bayern victory
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‘Harry, Harry, Harry’, roared the travelling Bayern Munich support. No wonder.
Even by Harry Kane’s ridiculously high standards, this was breathtaking to witness.
Bayern got their Bundesliga defence underway here with a 4-0 win over Werder Bremen.
And it was all orchestrated by Kane, who on his full debut assisted the first for Leroy Sane before scoring the second himself.
Sane and Mathys Tel added two more late on, but Kane was already off the pitch by this point.
Harry Kane celebrates after a dream debut on his first Bundesliga start for Bayern Munich
Kane slotted home in the second half to register his first goal for Bayern Munich in the win
Kane began the evening by laying on an assist for Leroy Sane to open the scoring for Bayern
As debuts go; this one was unforgettable. Bayern have a new hero – and he’s the England captain.
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Yet the most frightening prospect to have emerged here in Bremen last night is that this wasn’t even Kane in full flight. Far from it.
But, pertinently, this was Kane doing what Kane does. Winning football matches for his team.
He spent much of this encounter as an isolated figure as Bayern’s lone attacker. The connection with his team-mates needs work, his role in Thomas Tuchel’s tactical set-up needs embedding.
He’s still feeling his way into German football. That process will take time.
But imagine the devastation when he gets to grips with it all?
Kane won’t be getting carried away, of course. He isn’t the type. But – wow – what a start he has made.
Because football is a numbers game: points, goals, assists. Kane, more than any other footballer, lives by those rules. He’s already on the scoreboard.
With designer wash bag in hand and wireless earphones plugged in, Kane a cut a picture of total concentration as he emerged from Bayern’s team bus around 90 minutes ahead of kick-off.
Tunnel vision. It’s a look Tottenham and England have grown accustomed to over the years; one that Bayern can’t wait to get to know.
But even as he prepared for one of the biggest night’s of his career, surely even Kane couldn’t have scripted what was to follow.
There were reminders of home on this memorable night. When the unmistakeable opening piano strokes of Three Lions blared out of the PA system here at the Weser Stadion as Kane warmed-up, a wry smile adorned the striker’s face.
The lyrics were in German, but it resonated with Kane. Who knows, it may have helped to ease any nerves as he prepared for the unknown.
Bayern Munich already have a new hero after Kane’s impressive performance on his debut
Kane applauds the travelling fans after scoring in the 4-0 Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen
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The presence of Werder defender Miloš Veljković – directly marking Kane – would have struck a chord too, the pair played together at Tottenham.
But those home comforts isn’t why Kane is here.
The Premier League is all he has ever known. He wants to experience the unknown, he wants to prove to the world that his brilliant brand of football is transferable across the globe.
And it took him less than four minutes to make an impact. It was instinctive, almost telepathic.
Kane hardly looked up before playing a brilliant first-time pass into Leroy Sane’s path to destroy Werder’s defence with a simple swing of his right leg.
Sane did the rest, firing ruthlessly beyond Jiri Pavlenka to fire Bayern ahead.
Ninety seconds later, Kane was in his own box making a crucial defensive header to prevent a Werder equaliser.
That’s ‘The Kane Effect’ – as Tuchel calls it – in a nutshell. Decisive in attack, diligent in defence.
That said, Kane should have gobbled up a glorious headed opportunity in the 25th minute from Sane’s corner, and also saw another effort saved by Pavlenka in the 61st minute.
But his moment eventually arrived in the 74th minute, stroking past the Werder keeper following Alphonso Davies’ pass.
Kane wheeled off arms aloft by his side to receive the adulation from his new adoring fans.
It’s a celebration Tottenham fans will never forget – one they hope they may see again.
But it’s Bayern’s turn now. And if this start is anything to go by, they are in for a treat.
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