Lothar Matthäus with an announcement to Robert Lewandowski

Lothar Matthäus criticized former Bayern professional Robert Lewandowski. Image: Imago Images / Beautiful Sports


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In the last Bundesliga season, Niclas Füllkrug and Christopher Nkunku shared the top scorer: they both scored 16 goals each after 34 matchdays. In FC Bayern Munich’s 4-2 home win against 1. FC Heidenheim last weekend, Harry Kane scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season after just eleven matchdays. He himself was not even aware of this fact.

“Some people told me there were 16 goals last year,” Kane said after the game. “17 goals at this point is, of course, incredible, I’m proud to have started like this.” But thanks to the team that gave him the opportunities. “I enjoy playing on this team. We created a lot of opportunities.”

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In all competitions, the new signing from Tottenham Hotspur already has 21 goals and seven assists. Bayern sporting director Christoph Freund was quick to call the Englishman a “phenomenon”, and Germany’s record international player Lothar Matthäus also praised Kane.

Lothar Matthäus: Lewandowski’s record in danger

“We always talk about objectives, I am referring to the person Harry Kane”said Matthäus on the talk show “Sky90”. “The goals are wonderful for Bayern Munich and for him personally.”

Matthäus also now sees the Bundesliga record of 41 goals in a season, set by Robert Lewandowski in the 2020/2021 season, in danger. “He can score 45 goals with the support he has in the team”predicted the former Bayern player.

November 11, 2023, Bavaria, Munich: Soccer: Bundesliga, Bayern Munich - 1. FC Heidenheim, 11th matchday in the Allianz Arena.  Munich's Harry Kane celebrates his 1-0 goal.  (to dpa: “Eleven numbers for the 11th...

Harry Kane is in excellent form at FC Bayern.Image: dpa / Sven Hoppe

Harry Kane arrived from Tottenham Hotspur for 95 million euros last summer after an endless transfer saga. For Matthäus, a price that in retrospect is justified: “he came here with experience, he is no longer a young player. He is captain of the England team and quite a personality. “That’s what you bought.”

Matthäus with hidden criticism of Robert Lewandowski

After Robert Lewandowski left FC Barcelona in the summer of 2022, FC Bayern was looking for a successor for a long time. Sadio Mané was signed by Liverpool FC as a supposed replacement, but he never performed as he wanted and after just one year he left Munich for Saudi Arabia.

Lothar Matthäus believes that Harry Kane is not only the desired replacement for Lewandowski, but much more. “He is not only a scorer, he is also a leader”said the 62-year-old, adding: “He’s more of a leader than Robert Lewandowski because he takes on responsibilities, gives interviews, takes selfies. Bayern needed a guy like that.”

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Robert Lewandowski now plays for FC Barcelona. Image: www.imago-images.de / Ricardo Larreina Amador

Along these lines, a scene of Robert Lewandowski went viral over the weekend in which he refused to shake the hand of 16-year-old Lamine Yamal in the match against Alavés. Shortly afterward, Lewandowski scolded him when he made what he considered a wrong decision in a scene.

Later there seemed to be a reconciliation between the two, but such a scene seems difficult to imagine with Harry Kane.

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