SV Werder Bremen Deals Bayern Munich A Shocking Defeat as Harry Kane’s 1st Trophy Hopes Dwindle
Bayern Munich looked like they were still celebrating the winter break as they succumbed to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to SV Werder Bremen, an opposition they have not lost to since 2008. On the other hand, Werder Bremen must feel elated as the crucial win moved them seven points off safety, with Mainz and Union Berlin having one and two games in hand. Nevertheless, Werder Bremen were the better team at the Allianz Arena, as The Bavarians looked toothless in front of the goal despite their domination of possession, as Werder Bremen sat back and absorbed the pressure and hit on the counter against Bayern’s inconsistent defence.
SV Werder Bremen Handed Bayern Munich Their First Loss At Home Since the Super Cup
Sitting back and defending is not the most attractive way to play football, but if it ain’t broken, there’s no need to fix it, as Werden Bremen once again displayed the beauty of the tactic against their “Stronger” opposition. The plan could have worked out to a tee in the 25th minute, but Justin Njimah had his goal disallowed for a foul in the build-up, with VAR deeming Jens Stage’s dispossession of Musiala against the rules.
However, this did not faze the visitors as Werder Bremen scored just before the hour mark with some dazzling footwork from Mitchell Weiser as he sent Alphonso Davies to the shops before firing his left-footed shot to the roof of the net past Manuel Neuer from a tight angle. With the goal, alarm bells began to ring for the home team as Thomas Tuchel immediately deployed his firearms from the bench in search of an equaliser.
Unfortunately, it was just not their day, as Michael Zetterer kept the usual prolific Harry Kane and co at bay with some good saves while Bayern’s attacking profile could not find the opening they needed to salvage what would have been an undeserved point. The loss against Werder Bremen meant Bayern Munich are now seven points behind leader Bayer Leverkusen with a game in hand, and they have also tarnished their 65 consecutive home record of scoring in the Bundesliga.
32-Times Winners Bayern Munich on the Verge of Losing Their 11 Straight Champions Title
With bold claims from Cristiano Ronaldo claiming the Saudi Pro League is better than Ligue 1, Bayer Leverkusen is proving the Bundesliga, the other so-called one-team region, is finally bypassing the allegations, with them leading the table against the 11-time consecutive champions through their unbeaten season thus far.
While there is still more than half a season to play, Manager Thomas Tuchel knows his side cannot afford to drop any more points when they face Union Berlin at home on Thursday, a side they have not lost to since Union Berlin rose to the Bundesliga. Moreover, considering the togetherness and clutchness of Xabi Alonso’s side, it would be ridiculous for Bayern to expect any less than a draw from them.
Therefore, their matchup on February 11 could well decide the title. If Bayern Munich perform like what they did against Werder Bremen today, they could just gift-wrap the trophy to Bayer Leverkusen and place all their focus on the UEFA Champions League, where their hopes of obtaining the coveted European title look less than likely.
Is The Harry Kane Curse Real?
Speaking of Bayern’s potential trophyless season, it is hard to relate to Harry Kane’s so-called Spurs curse. Despite being one of the world’s best strikers and contesting the UEFA Champions League, Carabao Cup and UEFA European Football Championship finals, he has not won a single trophy in his career, with his best finish in the league second during the remarkable Leicester season.
While many would attribute his second-place accomplishments to outside factors like the referee’s decision to award a penalty during the Champions League final and Spurs sacking José Mourinho a day before the Carabao Cup final, his arrival to Germany to end the curse has not fared better. For context, Bayern has lost the Super Cup final for the first time after winning it in the previous three seasons. Furthermore, they are even out of the DFB Pokal with a humiliating loss to 3rd division side Saarbrücken.
At present, with them potentially losing out on the Bundesliga title, it is hard to distinguish the curse until Harry Kane wins a trophy in his professional career. To catch more news regarding Harry Kane, follow AsiaSport for daily coverage and high-definition highlights of every game in 2024.