‘You Cannot Take Him Off’_Owen Hargreaves Left Puzzled By Thomas Tuchel’s Decision That Cost Bayern vs Real Madrid

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Owen Hargreaves reveals Thomas Tuchel’s choice to substitute Harry Kane in Bayern Munich’s semi-final loss to Real Madrid, labeling it ‘one of the most significant substitutions I’ve witnessed.’

The Bayern captain, boasting 44 goals across all competitions in his inaugural season, was replaced by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting with just five minutes remaining, while Bayern held a 1-0 lead on the night and a 3-2 aggregate advantage.


“I tell you what was unexpected – Harry Kane going off the pitch,” former Bayern Munich midfielder Hargreaves said after the game.

“That’s one of the biggest subs I’ve ever seen in a game of football of that magnitude.

“To take off a guy who has scored 44 goals, who is the most durable player pretty much anywhere, and you bring on another striker in Choupo-Moting.

“Maybe he wanted height for corners, I don’t know. You cannot take him off.”

Tuchel said after the game that Kane was not able to continue due to a back issue.

“He couldn’t keep going. He played with back pain and he couldn’t keep going, his back froze up,” he said.

It was a painful end to a strong European run from the German side, who had goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to thank for keeping them in the game until he was guilty of spilling the ball into Joselu’s path for the 88th-minute equaliser.


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The former Stoke City striker’s second was initially ruled out for offside before a VAR review overturned the decision, sending Real into the Wembley final against Borussia Dortmund.

Hargreaves was staggered by the decisions made by Bayern boss Tuchel, who will depart at the end of this season.

Kane came off alongside Jamal Musiala with five minutes remaining of regulation time,

but 10 minutes earlier centre-back Kim Min-jae had replaced Leroy Sane as the Germans switched to a more defensive three-man system.

“There is five minutes left in the game, 10 minutes of stoppage time potentially.

That’s 15 minutes,” Hargreaves continued.

“I said to (Paul) Scholes straight away:

‘They’re going to score’. And then what?
“That’s one of the biggest calls.

I love Thomas Tuchel, (but) I don’t know why they made that call.

“Kim came on 10 minutes before that and they were quite comfortable, they went from a back four to a back three.

“Bayern had it in their hands and they just let it go. The mistake from Neuer obviously was a big part, but everybody is going to be talking about the subs. You can’t take Harry Kane off.”

Bayern Munich will host Wolfsburg this weekend, determined to avoid a third consecutive loss.

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