Mauricio Pochettino has offered his assessment of Tottenham Hotspur’s humiliating home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League
The Bavarian visitors stormed through the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night, brushing the hosts aside with a stunning 7-2 victory to nail down the top spot in Group B.
Although Heung-min Son broke the deadlock in the 12th minute to put Spurs in front, Joshua Kimmich pulled one back only three minutes later.
Unfortunately for Pochettino and his side, Robert Lewandowski’s perfectly placed shot from the edge of the box ended up behind Hugo Lloris’ back on the stroke of halftime.
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Everything went wrong for Tottenham in the opening stage of the second half with Serge Gnabry bagging a brace in a two-minute span before Harry Kane netted Spurs’ second from the 61st-minute spot-kick.
The reigning Bundesliga holders took full advantage of the hosts’ lapse in concentration in the final phase of the match to add three more goals through the likes of Gnabry (2) and Lewandowski (1).
In the end, Tottenham became the owners of the heaviest ever home defeat by an English club in European competition, slipping to the bottom of the group.
After keeping his players in the locker room longer than usual, Pochettino eventually gave his verdict of a disastrous night for the Premier League giants.
“I don’t think I need too much time to explain,” he told BT Sport, as transcribed by the Mirror.
“I think we played 30 minutes really, really well. I think we started the game really compact and really pressing.
“I think we dominated the game the first 30 minutes, then unlucky that we concede at the end of the first half, in the last minute.
“With the last action, 2-1, then of course after, they were very clinical.
“I think there is not too much difference with shots or attempts, but they were very clinical, and after eight or nine minutes of the second half, it was 4-1.
“After we scored the penalty for two, we had some chances to score the third and be in the game, but of course from 83 and 88 I think we conceded three more goals and a tough, tough result.
“I think it’s too much and it’s too hard to accept this type of result, but in football, this happens when the opponent has the quality and is really clinical in front of the goal like they were today.
“There’s nothing else to say. Of course, we are very disappointed, very upset, but we need to stay all together. A message of togetherness, to stay strong with our mentality and left our players because on Saturday we have another game.
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“Maybe you are bored with my speech, but I say football it today, it is not yesterday.
“It is always about working to show today and tomorrow because football is not about experience, it is not about what happened three months ago.
“Football always is today, to play and give your best.
“Today, we’re disappointed but more because every single touch of Bayern, they were really clinical, they scored in every touch.
“It’s so tough to accept, but we need to accept it and move on.
“This is a situation you need to face. It’s tough and a terrible situation against you that you need to face, be strong and keep going.
“We need to stay all together, helping each other.
“That is the best medicine, to be all together, not to find someone guilty and not to try to escape the situation.
“Of course, when you receive this type of result, I think it’s important to bounce back, stay together and believe in yourself. That’s the only way to recover from these things.”