Mauricio Pochettino admitted that his Tottenham players gave up towards the
end of the humiliating 7-2 Champions League defeat at home to Bayern Munich,
which represented a new low in a difficult season.
The manager watched his team give everything during an entertaining
first-half, in which they led 1-0 and created chances before going in 2-1 down
at the interval. The second-half was a horror show, with Serge Gnabry, the
former Arsenal winger, scoring four times as Bayern ran riot. The German
champions twisted the knife with three goals in the final seven minutes.
Pochettino kept his players inside the dressing-room for some time after the
final whistle but when he emerged, he stressed that calm analysis had to be the
order of a traumatic evening. His message was that he and the players needed to
accept the defeat and deal with the consequences.
“The feeling at the end when we conceded the three goals – it was like the
team was tired and gave up a little bit,” Pochettino said. “Maybe that showed a
little bit our frustration with the game because up until 82 minutes, the team
were alive, we were fighting, trying to create chances to score [for 4-3].