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Bayern Munich’s struggles and the Kane ‘curse’

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The most talked about topic in football in recent weeks has been the struggles of Bayern Munich. The German giants are facing a real prospect of ending the season without a trophy. In each of the last 11 years, Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title. They were close to missing it last season, only winning it after Borussia Dortmund failed to win on the final day. This season, after getting one of the best forwards in world football, Harry Kane, Bayern Munich’s title defence seemed to get a shot in the arm, but while Kane has done well, things haven’t gone well for the German giants. There is now the tale of Harry Kane’s curse of not winning a major trophy as a player. The former Tottenham Hotspur man has bagged individual top scoring accolades, and his move to Bayern Munich for £86.4m last summer was thought to be an attempt to add trophies to his profile.

Quickest player

However, even after becoming the quickest player to hit 25 league goals in his first season in the Bundesliga, the betting insights as far as going for the title don’t back Kane to end his trophy drought. Some of the best betting sites reviewed on https://www.cheekypunter.com/ have returned much lower ratings of Bayern Munich winning the league title, or any other trophy this season. The only other title they can win is just the Champions League anyway but there too, they are on a back foot as far as the knockout rounds are concerned. Before their Bundesliga woes, Bayern Munich were eliminated from the DFB Pokal at in the second round by third-tier Saarbrucken in November. They had earlier in August lost 3-0 to Leipzig in the German Super Cup. After 22 rounds of matches in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are eight points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen, who are yet to taste defeat in any competition this season, and seem to be coasting to their first ever Bundesliga title.

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Tuchel’s consolation

Thomas Tuchel will want to take solace in their run to the league title last season, which indeed they did well in. They went into the final match trailing Dortmund, who needed to win, but drew, and Bayern edged it with a better goal difference. This time they are facing a monstrous Leverkusen, managed by a former Bayern Munich man, Xabi Alonso and with seemingly very few errors in this push. As at 22 matches, Bayern Munich are already eight points behind Leverkusen and dealing with a lot against them. Tuchel may survive to the end of the season but that will be dependent on how Bayern Munich deals with the current lows. After suffering a third straight defeat, away to Bochum, Tuchel admitted that the pressure is on but backed his charges to get back in line. It will take more than just words, as on the pitch, Bayern Munich have lacked the assertiveness they’ve always been known for. Over the years, they haven’t been the greatest defensively, and with their current struggles, this weakness is rather overexposed. Red cards in two straight games for Dayot Upamecano make things worse and a dip in form by key players doesn’t help. 

 

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