Harry Kane looked ‘bereft’ after Bayern Munich were dismantled by Bundesliga title rivals Bayer Leverkusen, claims Mail Sport’s Dominic King, with the forward at risk of missing out on silverware again.
Leverkusen blew the reigning champions away on Saturday night with their 3-0 win extending their lead to five points at the top of the table.
On-loan midfielder Josip Stanisic struck against his parent club, with Alex Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong sealing victory.
The result raises the prospect that Kane’s wait for the first silverware of his career could continue, with Bayern at risk of missing out on the German title for the first time since 2012.
King, who watched the match at the BayArena, told Mail Sport’s It’s All Kicking Off podcast that Kane’s demeanour at full-time was similar to previous heartbreaking defeats with both Tottenham and England.
Harry Kane looked ‘absolutely bereft’ after Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-0 win, claims Dominic King
Leverkusen moved five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga by beating Bayern Munich
King compared Kane’s body language to heartbreaking defeats with England and Tottenham
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‘I’ve written about Harry Kane in terms of how he looked at the final whistle,’ King said.
‘It just struck a chord with me of how he looked in Moscow when England went out of the World Cup finals in 2018, how he looked the following year in Madrid when Tottenham had lost the Champions League final. He just looked absolutely bereft.’
King added that Thomas Muller’s explosive post-match interview suggested there are currently issues in the Bayern Munich dressing room.
German outlet BILD gave a scathing review of Kane’s performance, labelling the £100m striker’s display as a ‘catastrophe’, while a headline to one article read: ‘The Kane disaster’.
King insisted the criticism of the Bundesliga’s top scorer is ‘totally unfair’, with Bayern’s problems lying elsewhere in the team.
‘That’s ridiculously unfair to make him the reference point for what happened on Saturday. If they’re only doing that because of his price tag, then it’s absolutely unfair,’ King said.
‘There were so many people over the pitch who were just miserable. The tactics that Bayern had were confusing. They didn’t really know whether they were playing a back four or a back three at times.
‘[Dayot] Upamecano, the central defender, was all over the place. Eric Dier looked absolutely bereft of confidence and unsure and Harry Kane got no service.
‘I think he touched the ball 17 or 18 times and just got no opportunities to cause any problems.
Kane was frustrated as he managed just 18 touches over 95 minutes against Leverkusen
King believes Bayern Munich looked confused an miserable during the 3-0 defeat
‘There was one point, I made a note of it, when he was trying to sort of beckon his team-mates forward and encourage them and there was nobody listening to him.
‘Literally nobody looking at him as he was saying this in the second half.
‘I felt sorry for him really, because what a story this would be if he’d gone to the club that he thought where he was going to be guaranteed medals and ended up winning nothing this year.’
Bayern Munich face an uphill battle if they are to win a 12th consecutive Bundesliga title, despite Kane netting 24 goals in 21 league matches this season.
It’s All Kicking Off host Ian Ladyman believes that Kane, despite his goalscoring exploits in the Bundesliga, made a mistake by moving to Bayern last summer.
‘I said at the start of the season that Kane should have stayed at Tottenham, seen out the last year as contract, and then he could have moved to anywhere,’ Ladyman said.
Mail Sport’s Ian Ladyman suggested Kane may have made a mistake by joining Bayern Munich
‘He could have moved to Manchester United, maybe he could have moved to Liverpool, could have moved, who knows? Manchester City might have fancied another world-class striker on a free transfer.
‘Instead, he went to Bayern, where admittedly, he has looked like he’s been having the time of his life, scored goals, great form, embracing the lifestyle, but he went there for medals and at the moment he’s in danger of not getting one.’
Bayern will seek to bounce back from their defeat to Leverkusen in the Champions League.
Thomas Tuchel’s side face Lazio in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.