Kane exploded when he was given his old role at Tottenham.
Bayern Munich cruised to a 7-0 victory over Bochum in the fifth round of the 2023-24 German Bundesliga at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. With the win, the Bavarians added three points to their tally and leapfrogged Stuttgart into first place.
The star of the show was Kane, who had three goals and two assists against Bochum. To understand Kane’s breakout, we must first look at the starting lineup. Head coach Thomas Tuchel used a partial rotation against Bochum. The most notable change was in the attacking midfield, where Thomas Muller and Jamal Musalla were replaced by striker Erik Maxim Choupo-Moting.
By nature, Zoupo-Moting is a striker. He was in charge of Munich’s front line until Kane’s arrival. The coexistence of Zoupo-Moting and Kane was made possible by their frequent position changes. After signing Kane, Tuchel used him more as a classic target man.
Unlike at Tottenham, Munich was a team that could easily build up without Kane dropping into the middle of the park. The presence of attacking midfielders like Mkhitaryan and Muller was also different from Tottenham. Kane’s goal-scoring prowess was still world-class, but he didn’t feel like he was playing at 100% in Munich.
In response, Tuchel gave Kane more freedom in this game. Kane would drop into the middle and receive the ball, while Choupo-Moting would move into the center and play more like a striker. The change was successful.
Instead of staying up front, Kane was dropping into the middle of the park to be involved in the buildup or to play passes directly into the middle of the park, acting more like a number 10. It was the kind of play he often shared with Son Heung-min at Tottenham, and it opened up Munich’s second line of Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane.
The opening goal was a great example of Kane’s ability. Kane dropped back to receive the ball before passing it to Sane, who quickly set up Munich’s attack, which saw Choupo-Moting slide into the space Kane had created.바카라
Munich’s fourth goal came after a moment of confusion in Bochum’s defense as Kane dropped into the middle. It was another reminder of how terrifying Kane can be in the number 10 and number 9 roles.
It remains to be seen if Kane will be utilized in the same way when Mourinho or Muller are on the pitch, but it’s clear that Kane is more effective when he’s used as an all-rounder.