Mauricio Pochettino has suggested, in comments reported by Football London, that he said nothing to his players in the dressing room after Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, insisting that the loss needs to be analysed once everyone has calmed down.
Spurs was torn apart by the Bavarian side at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They had been unlucky to go into half-time 2-1 down after Robert Lewandowski’s brilliant strike right before the break. But Bayern produced a stunning second-half display.
Serge Gnabry scored four times as Bayern won 7-2. And Pochettino explained after the game that he decided to stay quiet when the players returned to the dressing room.
“It’s difficult to talk now. I say nothing. It’s a moment to stay all together. You can imagine that we can’t talk now because it’s a situation where we need to be calm first,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“After that we will talk tomorrow, not today. Today is a moment where we all know how we feel, very disappointed. The feelings of course are not so good. Now it’s a moment to be calm and not make a mistake. After a result like today it’s very important to stay calm. We are not going to fix anything by shouting or talking now when the emotion is on the skin.”
Tottenham now have another uphill climb ahead as they look to reach the knockout stages of the competition. But the manner of the defeat was particularly alarming.
Spurs have made an underwhelming start to the campaign, and they could not have picked a much stronger side to take on Bayern. It was never going to be an easy game, but Tottenham have secured a number of famous wins in the competition during Pochettino’s tenure.
It looks imperative that Spurs go into the international break off the back of a win at Brighton. Three points may not heal all of the wounds opened up on Tuesday, but it would suggest that Spurs are going to try and use the loss as the starting point in their comeback this season.