Pochettino’s treads carefully ahead of Bayern post-mortem

Tottenham Hotspur 2-7 Bayern Munich – Reaction

MAURICIO POCHETTINO was clearly left shocked by what he had witnessed after his Spurs side were handed a 7-2 UEFA Champions League pounding off Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs took a twelfth-minute lead through Heung-Min Son, but goals from Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski turned it around for the Germans before the interval.

Once the sides returned, Spurs simply capitulated. One-time Arsenal man, Serge Gnabry scored four times while Lewandowski bagged his second. Tottenham’s only crumb of comfort a Harry Kane penalty, briefly bringing the score back to 4-2 after Kingsley Coman was clumsy on Danny Rose.

“It’s difficult to talk now,” the Argentine bemoaned

“I say nothing – It’s a moment to stay all together. You can imagine that we can’t talk now because it’s a situation where we need to be calm first.

“After that, we will talk tomorrow – not today. Today is a moment where we all know how we feel, very disappointed. The feelings, of course, are not so good. Now it’s a moment to be calm and not make a mistake.

“After a result like today, it’s very important to stay calm. We are not going to fix anything by shouting or talking now when the emotion is on the skin.”

The Spurs chief admitted the night had been a tough lesson for his side against a ruthless Bayern unit: “I think to explain a little the game – yes they were very clinical in front of goal.

“It was a game about attempts or shots on target and it was similar but they were very clinical.

“The timing of the goal arriving in a moment that was massive, crucial and a very big impact for us, arriving in the last action to concede the second goal in the first half after playing a really good first half, a very good first thirty minutes.

“The team were playing so well and nobody expected what happened to us in the first-half.”

This is without question Pochettino’s toughest time in the Tottenham hot seat. When asked about getting the north Londoners season back on track, he explained: “I told you many weeks, months ago that it was going to be a tough season.

“For me, after the Champions League final it was a chapter closed and now the club is in a period that it needs to open another chapter and design a project for the medium and long term.

“It’s like I always told you, not because of this defeat is going to change my opinion.”


Brian Jeeves

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