Spurs 2 Bayern Munich 7: A Night to Forget
European nights: They are supposed to provide a happy respite from domestic action and to confirm that your club belongs on the biggest stage of them all. Over many years of watching Spurs, they’ve given us some of the most memorable and thrilling times and there’s really something special about a European game under the lights.
Those who can remember as far back as 1972 and 1984 will know that there’s nothing like witnessing your club win a major trophy on their own ground. In recent seasons in the Champions League, we’ve taken on some of the biggest names and won. Yes there’s been heartache along the way and those ‘flat’ feelings that are hard to describe – 2019 Champions League final being a perfect example.
It’s been a real rollercoaster but does anyone remember feeling like they do this morning? Abject humiliation at the hands of an admittedly strong side is the biggest embarrassment of all and begs the question – where do we go from here?
Forgettable – Regrettable
Let’s dispense with the game details as quickly as possible. It’s hard to believe now that we actually took the lead against Bayern as the lively Son Heung-Min put us in front on 12 minutes. The lead didn’t last long as Joshua Kimmich levelled just three minutes later and then, not for the first time this season, we conceded right on half time.
Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead and the Pole doubled his tally in the second period but the ultimate insult came via four goals from Arsenal and West Brom reject Serge Gnabry. In between times, Harry Kane converted from the spot to briefly make it 2-4 on the night.
Speaking to the club’s official website, manager Mauricio Pochettino said:
We started really well. After 30 minutes no-one expected that. The first half was very good.
They were very clinical in front of goal, every time they arrived they scored. The feeling is so bad but we all need to stay together, to be strong all together and move on.
In terms of qualification to the next round of the Champions League, the next three games are starting to like ‘must wins’. We play Red Star Belgrade at home on the 22nd of this month before taking on the same opponents away from home in November. Olympiakos follow on the 26th of next month at the new White Hart Lane while very few fans and players will be wanting to check on the return date for Bayern Munich.
Last season we needed something of a miracle to get out of the groups but we can’t keep relying on late drama to progress. Emphatic performances in the following three UCL matches are vital but then we ask the question as to whether this Spurs side is capable of another embarrassment if they were to reach the knockout phase.
We’ve certainly set a precedent: No Spurs team has ever conceded seven goals at home in any competition. We’re dejected and we cannot find any positives on this chilly Wednesday morning but this squad has to start turning things around – starting with Brighton and Hove Albion away on Saturday lunchtime.