Kane and Munich also have ‘no crisis’… ‘Leader’ Leverkusen 0-3 defeat away → 2nd place by 5 points ‘Dream of a distant victory’

February 11, 2024 | by

Harry Kane, who left Tottenham Hotspur to win the championship, is on the verge of becoming nothing in Bayern Munich.

Munich lost 0-3 in the 21st round of the Bundesliga against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the 2023-24 season at Bayer Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany, on the 11th (Korea time). Munich ranked second with 16 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, and Leverkusen remained in the lead with 17 wins and 4 draws and 55 points.

Kim Min-jae, who returned from the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, played full-time, but failed to prevent his team from being defeated by a three-goal gap. Prior to the match, Munich was closely trailing Leverkusen, the leader, by a two-point gap. Had he won, he could have reversed his ranking and taken the lead. After losing in this showdown, which was effectively a championship game, Munich’s chances of winning the title in the league are even lower. As a result, Kane’s jinx without a point of view is on the verge of continuing.

The home team Leverkusen stepped up 3-4-2-1. Lukasz Hradetsky defended the goal. Edmond Topsova, Jonatantha and Piero Incapier made up the back three. Josip Stanisic, Granit Xhaka, Robert Andrich and Alex Grimaldo made up the midfield. Nathan Teller and Florian Birz were in the second line, and Amin Adley was in the one-top.

The away team Munich also faced off 3-4-2-1. Manuel Neuer continued to wear goalkeeper gloves. Kim Min-jae, who returned from the Asian Cup, was in charge of the backside along with Eric Dier and Dayo Upamecano. Freshmen Sasha Boy, Leon Goretzka, Aleksandar Pavlovic, and Noussair Mazrawi worked together in the midfield, while Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane supported one-top Harry Kane in the second line.

Kim Min-jae moved to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where the South Korean national soccer team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann took over as an off-season training site as the Bundesliga break began after the away trip to Wolfsburg, on the 2nd of last month.

Kim Min-jae challenged South Korea to win the Asian Cup in Qatar for the first time in 64 years. However, he was given his second warning in the quarterfinals against Australia on Thursday, failing to play in the semifinals against Jordan. Kim watched the match against Jordan from the stands, while South Korea lost 0-2, failing to win the championship.

After packing early, Kim returned to the Jabener Strass Munich training center in Munich on July 7 and started individual training to prepare for his return to the match against Leverkusen. Kim immediately joined the team’s training from July 8.

Coach Thomas Tuchel also predicted Kim’s participation. In a pre-match press conference on the 9th, he said, “Joshua Kimmich, Kim Min-jae, and Dayo Upamecano have returned to training. We still have three training sessions today. If nothing happens, all of them will be included in the away game list.” As for Manuel Neuer, who returned to training, he said he will wait and see the situation before the departure of the away game.

Before Kim Min-jae’s arrival, Kim Mi-hee was sidelined with a shoulder injury and Upamecano with a hamstring injury. Because of this, Munich had to set up Matthias Duricht and Eric Dier at center back. Fortunately, they secured three points with two consecutive wins at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach and away to Augsburg.

Germany’s Bild predicted that Kim Min-jae and Matthijs Dericht would be selected in the match against Leverkusen. With Kim returning to a healthy state, Munich was highly likely to operate the combination of Dericht and Kim Min-jae’s center back. However, Tuchel pulled down Dericht to the bench and brought up the back three formation, in which Kim Min-jae, Dyer, and Upamecano all started.

He was dragged to Leverkusen by allowing the first goal early in the day amid an unexpected turnaround. Stanisic, who was loaned to Leverkusen from Munich this season, scored a dagger. In the 18th minute of the first half, Andrej’s cross was connected with a right-footed shot in the box to score the goal. Boy, who joined the winter transfer market, failed to mark Stanisic properly, giving up a run.

Leverkusen gained momentum. Teller took Encapier’s pass with a right-footed shot in the 23rd minute of the first half, but Neuer blocked it well. Birz tried to connect the bounced ball with a shot again, but it was blocked by defense. At the corner kick that followed, Grimaldo’s cross continued with a strong header. Neuer again blocked this time. Andrej’s header, which received Grimaldo’s cross in the 24th minute of the first half, was also blocked by defense.

Munich counterattacked. Majrawi, who received Pavlovic’s pass in the 27th minute of the first half, hit the ball with his left foot but was blocked by the goalkeeper. Leverkusen also responded with Xhaka’s mid-range shot but missed the goal.

Leverkusen’s flow continued. In the 41st minute of the first half, Incapier, who received Xhaka’s pass, attempted a mid-range shot. Although it was off the top of the goal, Munich continued to be dragged away, giving up opportunities. In the 43rd minute of the first half, Sane, who received Mazrawi’s pass, took the shot for the first time in a long time, but it came up. As no additional points were scored, Leverkusen’s 1-0 lead ended the first half.

Munich completely collapsed at the start of the second half. Grimaldo, who received Teller’s pass within five minutes, shook the net with a left-footed shot in the box to widen the score to 2-0. While Grimaldo exchanged one-two passes with Teller, the Munich defense was out of control.

Leverkusen confidently shot in the box in the 14th minute of the second half even though Teller was in front of Kim Min-jae, but failed to seal it as he was blocked by Neuer. Munich brought in Pavlovic and Upamecano, and brought in Thomas Muller and Yozua Kimihi to make changes.

Goretzka connected Sané’s cross with a header in the 17th minute of the second half, but was caught in defense. Musiala received a pass from Mazrawi in the 25th minute of the second half and hit a right-footed shot, but even this was blocked by defense. In the 37th minute of the second half, Matisse Tell, a substitute, attempted a header, but hit the ground slightly off the goal.

Rather, Leverkusen sealed the victory. Frimpong’s shot, which was replaced in the 42nd minute of the second half, did not lead to a goal when it hit the net, but when he tried to counterattack after blocking Munich’s attack that came up to Neuer in the second half extra time, Frimpong kicked it exactly into an empty net and widened it to 3-0.

Leverkusen’s three-goal victory at home further widened the gap with Munich.

Even though he played full-time, Kane displayed his worst performance of one shot and zero shots on goal. According to the statistics magazine Footmob, Kane received the lowest rating with a rating of six. Kim Min-jae scored seven points, ranking second in his team after Mazrawi with 7.6 points.

Kane has never won a championship throughout his career. Kane, who grew up in the Tottenham youth team and made his professional debut in 2011, had played only for Tottenham until moving to Munich, except for his loan days in the early days of his debut. Over the past 12 years, he has scored 280 goals in 435 matches for Tottenham, and he also scored 213 goals in the Premier League, ranking second only to top-ranked Alan Shearer (260 goals).

Kane, who has grown into a striker representing Tottenham, the Premier League, and even England, was unfortunately far from a winning trophy. Tottenham has had no wins for 16 years since winning the League Cup in the 2007-08 season, and naturally Kane did not lift the trophy.

In some seasons, the team failed to win the title. It ranked second in the league after Chelsea in the 2016-17 season, and was the runner-up in the Premier League. In the 2018-19 season, it advanced to the UEFA Champions League final, but suffered another setback after losing to Liverpool. In the 2020-21 season under Jose Mourinho, the team seemed to have reached the final of the League Cup and escaped with no win, but it shed tears after losing to Manchester City.

Last season, he scored 30 goals in the league, ranking second after Manchester City’s monster striker Erling Holan, but Tottenham finished the season with a disastrous eighth place. Keen for the trophy, Kane decided to leave Tottenham with one year left on his contract and take on a new challenge.

Kane has decided to leave Tottenham for the trophy, but he seems to have a hard time getting out of the jinx that he doesn’t have to win at Munich as well. He lost 0-3 to Leipzig at the beginning of the season when he made his debut in Munich, missing the chance to win the title. He was eliminated early in the DFB-Pokal Cup due to his shock 1-2 loss to Zarbrücken of the third division.

What’s left is the league and the UEFA Champions League, but it’s not easy to catch up with Leverkusen’s rise. In the 라바카지노주소 Champions League, the round of 16 is scheduled against Lazio of Italy.

“We lost momentum and energy because of our mistakes,” coach Thomas Tuchel said after the match, according to Munich’s official website. “We lost momentum and energy because of our mistakes. We gave up our second goal too easily. We could not win the Final Third due to our lack of penetration. Even after we got the ball back, we made very wrong decisions. We lost it again too often as soon as we acquired the possession,” he said. “We will do our best not to throw the towel. Our approach will not change. We have to keep going and get better to achieve our ambitions.”

“It’s annoying. I want to congratulate Leverkusen. It was a very natural victory. We show a much better approach in training because we are free to play soccer, but we can’t do that in actual games,” said Thomas Muller. “As a player, we need to improve our independence on the field, our decision-making process, and how aggressive we will be.”

Manuel Neuer also said, “I had the worst performance in the most important game. I wanted to be aggressive and defend myself from a high place. But I never thought Leverkusen would play with such a lineup. I need to reflect on myself.”

“We barely created chances and we had no choice but to lose in the end. We made too many mistakes. We allowed Leverkusen to gain the upper hand easily. We also allowed the loss scene too easily,” said Christophe Freund. “It was not how Munich usually looked. We have no choice but to keep going and win every game, but it is clear that it is not in our hands anymore.”


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