'I'm sorry for Kane' says Tuchel after Super Cup defeat

Tuchel gives instructions as Kane (left) comes on as substitute

After his team's first official match of the season, a crushing defeat to Leipzig in the German Football League (DFL) Super Cup, Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel had a word with "special attacker" Harry Kane (England), who has been on the field since day one.

Speaking after the Super Cup match against RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Sunday (Jan. 13), Tuchel said, "I feel sorry for Kane. He probably thinks we haven't trained for the last four weeks."

The Bavarians were beaten 0-3 in the Super Cup by three goals from Leipzig's Dani Olmo alone.

The Supercup, which pits the winner of the previous season's Bundesliga against the winner of the German Football Association Cup (DFB-Pokal) in a one-off match, was won by the Bavarians three years in a row until last year, when they held the record for most wins (10), but they missed out on the trophy this year.

Munich, which has also won the Bundesliga title for the last 11 seasons and is the all-time winningest team in German professional soccer's top flight (33 times), also faced Leipzig in last year's Super Cup, winning 5-3 but falling short in the return match a year later.

Kane in action during the Super Cup

Kane and South Korean international defender Kim Min-jae came on as second-half substitutes in Munich. Kane, in particular, showed his willingness to come off the bench on the day of the transfer announcement, but it didn't change the outcome.

For Kane, who has never won a trophy in his professional career despite being a star striker for Son Heung-min's club, Tottenham Hotspur, the chance to lift his first trophy in a new jersey was lost on day one.

"It's scary, it's inexplicable, it's a big problem because it feels like we haven't done anything for four weeks," Tuchel said of the defeat.

"It wasn't good enough in all areas. I don't know why," he reflected, adding, "There's a huge discrepancy between the attitude, the mood and the performance on the pitch. The motivation, the enjoyment, the form and the condition that we saw in the friendlies, we didn't see today."

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