Chris Waddle believes Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics should come under question after Tottenham were embarrassed in the Champions League by Bayern Munich.
Spurs were thumped 7-2 at home by Bayern in the Champions League group stages and it’s left them with plenty of work to do to qualify to the knockout rounds.
The North London club found themselves 4-2 behind in a thrilling encounter, but the German heavyweights extended their superiority with three late goals.
It was made worse for Spurs considering ex-Arsenal attacker Serge Gnabry scored four goals, as he caused right-back Serge Aurier huge trouble.
Waddle believes some of the blame for Spurs’ heavy defeat has to lie with their manager Pochettino, who was making attacking substitutions to try salave a point and saw his team ripped apart defensively.
“I am a big fan of Pochettino and have been a fan of what he has done so far but now is the time we have to look at his tactics and question him and wonder what he is doing,” Waddle told BBC Radio 5 Live, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“Tottenham did not put any pressure on the ball and Bayern Munich just ran behind them. You cannot play that style against a team like Bayern Munich.”
Pochettino went for the bold approach of three attacking substitutes when his team were 4-2 down and considering they were at home you can see his thinking.
Unfortunately that meant he had no backup plan when they conceded a fifth and two more goals quickly followed as the Premier League side crumbled.
It surely has to fall on the senior members on the pitch to step up in that sort of situation, as the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen should have been screaming for the team to stay defensively tight.
Bayern do deserve credit though for the way they carved through their opponents and some people may now consider them a real threat to the competition itself this season.