Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich: Talking Points from Bayern's resounding win
Tottenham had a night to forget as the last year’s finalists were condemned to the biggest ever margin of defeat by an English team at home in any European competition.
Former Arsenal man, Serge Gnabry ran riot in London as he scored four second half goals to fashion an extraordinary victory.
Spurs started the match well as Son Heung-min gave the well stocked Bayern defence plenty to ponder. He constantly find space to shoot and unsurprisingly opened the scoring from a Sissoko through ball.
Joshua Kimmich restored parity just three minutes later with a well taken long range effort. Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern the lead just on the stroke of half time in a major boost to his side’s chances.
Gnabry then ran rampant as he scored two goals in quick succession to kill off the contest there and then.
Spur’s talismanic striker pulled one back from the spot but three goals in a five minute burst to round off the win.
With this result, the Die Roten sit at the top of Group B and Spurs chances are now in balance.
Here are a few talking points from this demolition job:
The one that got away for Arsenal
Serge Gnabry was always considered a talented kid but could never fulfill his potential at the Emirates. He was loaned out several times and due to abundance of wingers in the squad, was sold out to Werder Bremen.
The German Champions moved ahead and scooped him for a meager €15 m. The move is now paying dividends as evidenced by his performances.
In a performance of a lifetime, he became only the second player to hit four goals against an English opposition after Lionel Messi. That is quite a company to be a part of.
The former Arsenal man was the chief destroyer as his pace and movement was too hot to handle for more than able Spurs defence.
Lewandowski is the best no. 9 in the world
This drubbing again reiterated the belief that the Polish international is the best number nine in the world at the moment.
The forward scored a brace which took his tally to 13 goals in the ongoing season. King Lewy first half strike was a thing of beauty as he twisted and turned to find space and shot past a diving Lloris into the bottom right corner.
He compounded the misery of the London club as he picked his spot from an excellent Coutinho through ball to score his second of the game.
Serge Aurier is more of a liability
Aurier had a tough week as he was sent off in Spurs win over Southampton over the weekend. But, there were no signs that he wanted to make amends.
He was far too casual in his approach and more often than showed he is not the right man for the job. Pochettino will surely play either Walker-Peters or Juan Foyth in the upcoming matches.
Bayern’s left sided winger had a field day as he scored four goals and for each one, he was able to shrug Aurier off quite easily to move into a goal scoring position.
Extraordinary quality on show in attack
Fluid attacking football was on display from both sides. First half was more on an even footing as Spurs showed why they were last year finalist.
Each and every goal was a finish of the highest order. There were some proven attacking talents on the pitch and they put up a show.
Both sides came out to play and in a straight shootout with the Bavarian giants, Spurs were always bound to be second best.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham project is near finished
This defeat was Spur’s worst evening under Pochettino and raises plenty of questions. Towards the end of the game, Tottenham players had surrendered and allowed Bayern to score 3 goals in the space of five minutes.
There are some serious problems prevailing in the Spurs dressing room and one need not be a scientist to acknowledge that. It’s pretty evident that Pochettino’s project is near its end. One may think that he has given up, the players have given up. Something needs to change for Tottenham, and quickly.
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