Jan Vertonghen has admitted he feels “extremely hurt” after Tottenham’s humiliating 7-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Four goals from Serge Gnabry, a Joshua Kimmich screamer and a Robert Lewandowski brace consigned Spurs to a historic loss to the German champions, adding to concerns about the current state of the team.
How historic was Spurs’ defeat to Bayern? Five things to know…
- Tottenham broke a number of unwanted records with their 7-2 defeat to Bayern.
- It was the biggest-ever margin of defeat by an English club at home in Europe.
- Spurs became the first English side to concede seven goals in Europe since they did so against FC Koln in 1995.
- And it was the first time Spurs shipped seven goals at home in any major competition ever.
- They had conceded four goals in a European home game just once before, losing 4-2 to Barcelona last season.
After a promising start, Tottenham took the lead through Son Heung-min but Bayern were ahead by half-time through Kimmich and Lewandowski.
Niko Kovac’s men ran riot after the break as Spurs collapsed in front of their own fans, conceding seven goals at home for the first time ever in any major competition.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Vertonghen – who has endured a turbulent start to the season amid uncertainty surrounding his future – confessed he felt “ashamed” by the result.
“It was a painful night for us,” Vertonghen said. “They punished us with every single mistake we made and we let the fans and everyone at the club down with this result.
“Everyone is ashamed of this result. There’s not too much I can say about this. I think everyone will have a bad night’s sleep and probably a couple about this.
“I feel extremely hurt. All negative words. It is embarrassing. It is a very bad result.”
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Lloris: We gave up too easily
Bayern’s incredibly clinical finishing meant Hugo Lloris could do little about the seven goals that flew past him.
The Frenchman was at fault for Southampton’s goal against Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday but recovered with two fine saves to seal a much-needed domestic victory.
Against Bayern, though, Lloris was powerless to resist Gnabry and Lewandowski, yet the Spurs captain believes his team-mates could have done more to prevent the embarrassing margin of defeat.
He said: “I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up too easily and the score was even worse.
“It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind. The next two games against Red Star will become even more important – we cannot lose any more points.
“We need to find a solution to find the consistency that was our strength in the last few years.
“Since the start of the season we have never played at the same intensity for 90 minutes.
“As you see we’re used to playing in a way that demands a lot of energy and focus, and at this level the opponent punishes you when you start to lose easy balls close to the box.
Tottenham face Brighton away on Saturday in what is now being labelled a must-win game.
“Today we feel bad for the badge, we feel bad for the fans and now it is to show a reaction on Saturday,” Lloris added. “This game has become even more important for us.”