Former Spurs midfielder questions Poch’s tactics after Bayern humiliation

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Dom Le Roy

It will take a long time for the Tottenham players, coaching staff and the fans to get over the hammering handed to them by Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.

Pochettino chose to employ a diamond formation in midfield once again with Dele Alli coming into the team in place of Christian Eriksen. Spurs started the game on the front foot and fashioned several chances in the first 25 minutes.

They got their reward when Son Heung-Min gave them a deserved lead. However, from that point on, the visitors completely took control of proceedings and produced a master class in finishing.

Pochettino made several attacking substitutions in the second half in order to get back into the game but that only gave Bayern more space on the counter and they made Spurs pay for it, putting seven past Hugo Lloris.

Reacting to the result, former Tottenham midfielder Chris Waddle has questioned Pochettino’s tactics and suggested that off-field issues were also partly to blame.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Waddle 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.

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

Spurs Web Opinion

Pochettino has been employing the diamond formation quite regularly from the start of last season but it has rarely worked and often leaves our defence badly exposed. Perhaps it is time for Eric Dier to be called back into the side to shield the back four. If Spurs set up like they did yesterday then this won’t be the last thrashing they are handed.

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