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Bayern Munich 11/4 for Champions League glory as Harry Kane keeps trophy hopes alive

Throughout footballing history there are a select few players who stay with one club throughout their careers, even to the detriment of their personal trophy cabinet.

Francesco Totti­­ retired with just one league title having spent 25 years at Roma, while Marco Reus saw all his Borussia Dortmund team-mates leave for the sunlit uplands, and he’ll likely retire with just two DFB-Pokal medals.

Then there are others who, despite all their loyalty, know that time is running out to win some silverware: Gabriel Batistuta spent nine years with Fiorentina – even dropping down to Serie B – before moving to Roma where he’d win the title in his first campaign. Robin van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal where his only trophy was the FA Cup before making the controversial move to Manchester United, where he won the Premier League in his first season.

Harry Kane took the latter path.

Since his first full season with Tottenham in 2014/15, Kane scored 210 Premier League goals in 306 games, and the comparably laughable honour of retiring as the Premier League’s all-time highest scorer (Jimmy Greaves remains – and likely forever will – the English top flight’s greatest goalscorer with 357) wasn’t quite as tempting as the nearest thing you get to guaranteed major honours in football by moving to Bayern Munich.

In the last 11 seasons, Bayern have won 11 league titles, two Champions Leagues and five DFB-Pokals.

But despite Kane scoring more than a goal a game in his debut season in Bavaria, Bayern have lost the title with five games to spare and suffered a shock elimination to third-tier Saarbrucken in the second round of the cup.

But despite a 3-1 defeat to Lazio in the first leg of the last 16, Bayern kept their Champions League hopes alive with a 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena.

The German giants were rewarded with a clash with high-flying Arsenal, and while in years gone by, clashes between Bayern and the Gunners have been about as one-sided as any we’ve seen in European football, this was a different Arsenal and a different Bayern.

Arsenal took an early lead in the first leg, going in behind at half time before fighting back to salvage a draw to take to Munich. But Joshua Kimmich’s goal was enough to dump Arsenal out of the Champions League and keep Kane’s trophy hopes alive.

The quarter-final draw put Bayern on a collision course with either Manchester City or Real Madrid if they managed to get past Arsenal, and indeed, they’ve got the toughest assignment in the Champions League, facing the 14-time winners.

Manager Thomas Tuchel will be leaving at the end of the season, which has been argued could free the Bayern players up; Tuchel hasn’t had the best working relationship with some of his star men this season, but ironically it’s Kimmich – his captain who’s reportedly high on the list of players who’ve fallen out with the manager – who’s kept them in the Champions League.

There’s zero reason for the downing on any tools and with Bayern only in the hunt for one trophy, they can throw everything at the Champions League.

Of course, should Bayern win the Champions League – which they’re only 11/4 to do – attentions will quickly turn to this summer’s Euros for Kane.

How many players can say that their first major trophy was the Champions League and that their second was an international trophy? It’s the prospect that may face England’s top goalscorer in a few months’ time.

Kane, assuming he’s fit, will lead the line for England in Germany where the Three Lions are slight favourites at 10/3. It would likely mean Kane is the only player to have won the world’s two biggest trophies that year, with more individual honours to follow.

Win those two with Bayern and England, and there’s every chance that in the space of 12 months, Kane will have gone from trophy-less underachiever, to Champions League winner, Euros winner and Ballon d’Or winner.

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