Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich: Serge Gnabry scores four in Champions League demolition

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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspurs problems continued since Serge Gnabry scored four objectives as they had been humiliated in the fashion by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on one of their very embarrassing nights in their recent history.
The thrashing for manager Mauricio Pochettino along with his players scale was made more stark by the fact they took an early lead through Son Heung-min and were on level terms until just before half-time.
Bayern were on terms through Joshua Kimmichs super finish and posed a threat throughout – but Spurs failed to heed the warning signs and ended up reduced to a rabble since they awakened without a struggle in the second half.
Unusual as it might seem looking at the scoreline, this was an encounter that really turned on the breath of half-time when, past Hugo Lloris, Robert Lewandowski produced a brilliant turn and right-foot finish together with things from the equilibrium from 20 metres.
The manner in which Spurs subsided once they went behind will be of huge concern to Pochettino and all people who have detected underlying issues since they lost the Champions League final to Liverpool in June.
Bayern put themselves when former Arsenal youngster Gnabry scored twice in as many minutes shortly after the interval, taking advantage of poor defending to beat Lloris and gathered momentum.
Harry Kane gave Spurs brief expectation with a penalty after Bayern although Kingsley Coman fouled Danny Rose have been in no mood to start out the door, rather running riot as Gnabry additional two more, in Lewandowski sandwiched between with another smooth finish.
Its the first time in the 137-year history of Tottenham that they have ever conceded seven goals at home in almost virtually any competition.
Spurs left the pitch. Theyll cling to the truth that after losing their first two group matches a year they reached the final – but this is the kind of beating which is going to have a long time to recoup from.
The display of tottenham had to praise it for its first 35 minutes since they resembled the side which reached the Champions League last last year.
Even if honours were nevertheless, danger lurked clearly as Spurs were exposed as Gnabrys speed on the flanks along with the prowess of Lewandowski flagged enormous trouble up ahead.
And so it was, by the minute Lewandowski swept a glorious finish past Lloris with almost the last kick of the first halfSpurs were stretched and picked apart, together using all the pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. The sight of this latter plodding in Gnabrys wake once he hit the back of the net once again was a sight that is ominous.
Spurs will appear at historical opportunities but there is no escaping the fact of that which Bayern did to these.
This is considered a Bayern side in transition, recall they lost at home to Liverpool in the last 16 last season, but from the final whistle it was actually a matter of how many theyd score since Spurs waited for the whistle like a boxer waiting for the final bell.
Spurs can still escape from this group but harm is going to have been levied by this reduction and its inglorious method.
Spurs win on Saturday against Southampton looked to have lifted the siege mentality around supervisor Pochettino and answered the questions asked after an indifferent start.
After this, the queries will not only return but will be probing. This outcome will not just stun Spurs supporters, his players and Pochettino, it is going to come as a shock to chairman Daniel Levy.
They are painted by this scoreline as the contrary although spurs view themselves as large players with this elite stage. Levy will not appreciate that.
Pochettino should rally himself and this group, who seemed slow and lacking the stomach for the battle when Bayern took control.
These are days for Spurs and Pochettino.
Tottenham visit struggling Brighton in Saturdays Premier League lunchtime kick-off. Bundesliga leaders Bayern are in the home to Hoffenheim the same day.
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