Both talismans have already scored several goals in their respective seasons, including the opening Champions League fixtures in group B. Kane has tallied 6 goals and 1 assists across competitions, while Lewandowski has been in the form of his life with 12 goals across competitions, 10 of them in the Bundesliga. He in fact recently became the first player ever in the history of the Bundesliga to score 10 goals in only 6 matches.
Lewandowski may be in better form between the two strikers, but Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge proclaimed that the pair are two of the best in the world and warned of Kane’s scoring ability (via AZ):
These are perhaps the two best center-forwards in the world at the moment. Kane is a top player, who scores a lot of goals.
Coming in to the tie, Tottenham are on a streaky run of form. They were knocked out of the English League Cup by fourth-tier (!) side Colchester United and have lost two of their last six Premier League matches. They had to content themselves with a draw against Olympiacos in their first Champions League group stage match this season. On paper, Bayern is clearly in better form at the moment, but Rummenigge also said he feels the Premier League is an entirely different beast from the Bundesliga. In the chairman’s opinion, Tottenham will be Bayern’s first real test of the season:
Firstly they [Tottrenham] got to the final last year, and secondly it has to be said that the Premier League is stronger than the Bundesliga at the moment. We’ll need a good performance there [North London]. I’m looking forward to the game. It’s a great stadium — the most expensive in the world, at any rate. It’ll be my first time there but London is always worth the journey.
Aside from the 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig, as Rummenigge mentioned, this game will truly be one of Bayern’s most difficult tests so far this season. If Bayern can secure a vital away win in North London, though, they’ll be in a fantastic position in group B, having already secured the 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on match-day 1. Tottenham, by contrast, would be in a difficult spot if they don’t take maximum points after their lackluster draw in the opener against Olympiacos.
Score predictions everyone? Will both Lewandowski and Kane score?