HomeTuchel backs Kane to break Lewandowski's single-season goal record

Tuchel backs Kane to break Lewandowski’s single-season goal record

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Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel has backed Harry Kane to break Robert Lewandowski’s single-season Bundesliga goalscoring record, likening the England captain to a shark.

Kane has made an astonishing start to life in Germany since leaving Tottenham in August, recording 34 goal involvements (26 goals, eight assists) in just 23 games for Bayern in all competitions.

The striker has 22 Bundesliga goals at the halfway point in the season, matching Lewandowski’s record tally through the first 17 games of a campaign, set in 2020-21.

Lewandowski finished that season with 41 Bundesliga goals, surpassing legendary striker Gerd Muller’s previous record of 40 strikes in 1971-72.

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Speaking to ESPN, Tuchel expressed confidence that Kane can make a piece of league history this campaign, provided he remains injury-free.

“It is in danger,” Tuchel said of Lewandowski’s record. “No one could ever believe that would be in danger, but it is in danger.

“We need a bit of luck. We need the team to keep going, Harry needs to be fit, and then we’ll see what’s coming. I clearly think that for Harry, there are no limits.”

Kane was on target again as Bayern returned to action with a 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on Friday, in their first game following the Bundesliga’s winter break.

Asked about his relationship with Kane, Tuchel said: “It’s just a gift, honestly, to be his coach. I feel very privileged. He’s super humble. He’s the first out there on the pitch every single day.

“Whatever you ever ask of him, he will do it. He is that huge personality that is so humble and then he becomes a shark, because he is up for goals, he’s up for winning.

“He does it on an everyday basis. He does not only score on a daily basis, he trains well. He does what is needed. He shows his quality.

“He calms everyone down around him, he makes everyone better by his pure presence. He’s at the highest level. He’s like this as a human being, but also as a footballer.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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