Tottenham Hotspur’s poor season continued with a 7-2 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into the game looking to build on a win over Southampton at the weekend and took the lead through Son Heung-min. But by half-time, they were behind with Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski turning the game around for Bayern.
Spurs went on to fall apart in the second half, conceding another five goals, including four from Serge Gnabry, while Harry Kane scored a consolation penalty.
In grabbing his haul, Gnabry became just the second player to have scored four or more goals in a single Champions League game against English opposition since Lionel Messi did so in a 4-1 win for Barcelona over Arsenal in 2010.
Only 13 players have scored 4+ goals in a single game in the #UCL era.
Serge Gnabry joins an exclusive club. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/b8zn3SywFu
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The result leaves Tottenham with one point from their opening two games, only sitting in third due to Uefa’s tiebreakers working in their favour following a 2-2 draw away to Olympiacos, who also have one point.
Just four months ago, Spurs were contesting their first-ever Champions League final, having undergone a ridiculous journey which had seen them moments away from elimination at various stages.
But on Tuesday, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino conceded his side “gave up a little bit”.
“The feeling at the end, when we conceded the three goals, it was like the team was tired and gave up a little bit,” he said.
“Maybe that showed a little bit our frustration with the game because up until 82 minutes, the team were alive, we were fighting, trying to create chances to score [for 4-3].
“I told you many weeks ago that this is going to be a tough season. After the final of the Champions League last season, it was a chapter closed and now the club is in a period when they need to open another chapter and decide a project – medium, long-term.
7 – Tottenham Hotspur have conceded seven goals in a home match for the very first time in any major competition. Embarrassed. pic.twitter.com/3Yh8WarA7S
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“You need to show your quality like a man first; to face [the defeat] like a professional, like a man. What comes after is the professional side.
“Now, we need to be men and be strong all together; try to bounce back and change the feeling.”
It will be a hard task for Tottenham to bounce back from their humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, shipping seven goals at home for the first time in any major competition.
But not only that, it was also the biggest-ever margin of defeat by an English team at home in any European competition, overshadowing north London rivals Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern in 2017.
Spurs will need to turn things around pretty quickly in the Champions League, with Pochettino’s men going into their double-header against Red Star Belgrade knowing only two wins will keep their hopes of making it out of the group alive.
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