Pochettino said nothing in dressing room after Bayern thrashing

By Mirror: Wednesday, October 2nd 2019 at 20:11 GMT +3 | Gossip & Rumours
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino [Courtesy]

Mauricio Pochettino called on his Tottenham stars to stay strong and united after Bayern Munich condemned them to one of the worst nights in their history.

Ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry hit four, striker Robert Lewandowski grabbed two and another from Joshua Kimmich inflicted the biggest ever margin of defeat by an English team at home in any European competition.

It was also the first time Spurs had ever conceded seven goals at home in any major competition.

Pochettino said: "In football it can happen. Every single touch went in. We are very disappointed and very upset but we have to stay together. I think we are strong in our mentality.

"Maybe you are bored about my speech but football is today not yesterday. It is always is about the show. You have to do it today and tomorrow.

“It is not about experiences and what happened three months ago. We are disappointed. Every single touch from Bayern was clinical. They scored with every touch. It is tough to accept.

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“You have to move on. This type of situation you have to face. It is tough and you need to be strong and keep going. Stay together, help each other and be all together.

“When you receive this type of result it is important to bounce back and believe in yourself. It is the only way to recover.

"I told you it is going to be a tough season. After the final, a chapter was closed. Now the club needs to open a new chapter and define a project. A defeat won't change my opinion."

Son Heung Min and Harry Kane netted in each half for Spurs.

But questions were asked afterwards of defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, both of whom are out of contract next summer, along with Serge Aurier for whom Spurs were willing to listen to offers in the summer.

Former Spurs great Chris Waddle, commentating for BBC radio, said: “I do not get the tactics. It's not playing to their strengths.

“I don't think Serge Aurier wants to be there, Christian Eriksen hasn't signed a new contract. There is so much going on off the pitch.

“It should have been dealt with over the summer. Instead all the contract questions are still going on. It's a shambles. You have no idea where you stand.

“A club of this stature should not be like this. They have to sort it out quickly. It's a genuinely shocking scoreline.”

But Pochettino said: “It’s more psychological now. The most important thing now is to have one idea, one analysis, one assessment.

“We need to stick with this assessment and from there start to improve. Last season was similar but this result is tough. But the most important now is to stay calm, not rush to analysis, assessment or judgement.

"These situations happen. You have to show your quality, like men. You need to show how strong you are to face this situation. We need to be men and bounce back.

"Its difficult to talk now. I said nothing [after the game]. We have to stay all together and calm but we cannot talk now. We will talk tomorrow.

"The feelings aren't so good. We are very disappointed. But the moment now is to be calm and not make a mistake after a result like today. It's important to stay calm. We are not going to fix anything by shouting."

He added: “It’s important now to take a few hours to see what happened. But after 30 minutes, my feeling was good. Nobody in that stadium expected this type of result in the end. We need to work, but it was a little bit of a strange game.”

Bayern boss Niko Kovac said: “It was a great night for us and for German football. Playing this way here is unique. We were lucky in the first 30 minutes.

“We knew they were going to put pressure on us. We were way too passive, so we had too many close situations. But then we dictated the game.

“Lewandowski was ill. Scored two goals. Serge scored four. That is amazing. It was certainly his best game. But he proved he was good at defending too. That pleased me a lot more.

“I wish Tottenham the very best and I wish my colleague the very best for the future.”

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