Peter Crouch was left amazed with Tottenham’s approach in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich and claims it was obvious they needed to sure up the wide areas with more bodies.
Spurs were ripped apart by the German heavyweights 7-2 at home in a Champions League group stage fixture that they will want to forget quickly.
Electric left-winger Serge Gnabry scored four goals as he terrorised Mauricio Pochettino’s side and gave full-back Serge Aurier a nightmare, while Coman was full of pace on the opposite flank breaking on them.
The North London club were carved open in their own backyard and Bayern’s attack proved too hot to handle on the night.
BT Sport pundit Crouch, who previously played at striker for Spurs, was baffled that full-backs Aurier and Danny Rose didn’t receive more help as it looked an obvious fix in his eyes.
He spotted the danger signs early in the contest, but manager Pochettino encouraged his team to attack and they paid the ultimate price.
“I felt Tottenham shot themselves in the foot in this game. Right from the first whistle I said the full-backs would have a long evening unless they doubled up,” Crouch told BT Sport’s 2 Channel (10:05pm, 1st October).
“The wingers Coman and Gnabry were running riot. I don’t know why it wasn’t spotted earlier and nipped in the bud.:
Spurs have a real problem at right-back as it stands, but it’s unlikely that any of their options in that position could have done much to handle a dazzling Gnabry performance that was near faultless.
Pochettino’s side tried to get a positive result at home, but at some point it should have become damage limitation and it was clear they were being cut open by their opponents.
It will be intriguing to see how the manager sets up his team later in the group when the teams clash in Munich and it would be no surprise to see a more defensive formation.
Sissoko as a right-winger in front of a right-back could be a smart solution, but it’s unlikely that the team could capitulate like they did Tuesday night.