Two days on from Tottenham’s humiliating 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich, the post mortem into the result is still ongoing.
Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has now reacted to the humiliating defeat. The 38-year-old, who spent two seasons at White Hart Lane from 2006 to 2008 before moving to Manchester United, drew from his experience during his playing days to explain how badly the result will hurt the players.
In his column for Betfair, the Bulgarian wrote, “It was a humiliation, I am sure that there would have been an awkward silence or maybe a few raised voices in the dressing room after the game but as Pochettino said: ‘let’s not make any rash decisions based on emotions’.
“Everyone connected with the club is disappointed but sometimes when the flow is going for the opposition, especially Bayern Munich with Robert Lewandowski at his best, it is difficult to stop.
“It reminded me of when City beat United 6-1 at Old Trafford. I didn’t play but I was watching, it’s not a pleasant feeling and it never speaks good of the performance. The players will have gone home to their wives and children last night, but trust me, all they would have be thinking about is that f****** s*** result.
“I hope Tottenham can bounce back straight away against Brighton at the weekend and they need to show a reaction and the best way is if they win the game. It doesn’t matter how, they just need to win because it is going to be a tough challenge to mentally prepare after losing 7-2.
Berbatov dismissed suggestions that the players gave up on the night and insisted that they were still playing for Pochettino.
He said: “I don’t think the players gave up, they probably realised how good the opposition were and maybe that got them down a little and this is understandable. Teams can kill you mentally, if they play so good sometimes you just think ‘F***! We can’t do anything about this.’
“As a player you want to play well, I can’t imagine that they would let Pochettino down on purpose or just not give a sh*t, that was not the case in my opinion. Bayern Munich were just too good. To let down a manager on purpose is just not possible in my universe. It was a bad football game for Spurs.”
While the former Spurs striker claimed that it was impossible to predict what’s likely to happen, he claimed that it is not yet time for Pochettino to leave Spurs and that neither the Manchester United or the Real Madrid job seem too appealing at the moment.
Berbatov added: “Looking at the team at the minute, it is a difficult situation to predict, it involves the manager, players, happiness and results.
“If a manager or a football player isn’t happy then they are going to speak to the president, or Daniel Levy in this case, and they can find a solution.
“You don’t want unhappy players in your team and you definitely don’t want a manager who doesn’t want to be there. In this case, I’m sure they will have a chat this week and find the right answer and the right way forward.
“Many people are connecting Pochettino to Manchester United, but is it the right moment? Of course, United already have a manager in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I don’t think it’s the right moment to make any changes at either club.
“This idea of going to manage Real Madrid is also there and they are one of the biggest clubs in the world, of course something like that is going to distract you from time to time.
“But, at the moment Real Madrid are going through their own problems, you could say a mini-crisis, bad games like their result against Club Brugge. So is it the right moment to go there because they are playing bad, is it the right moment to go to Manchester United because they are also in bad shape?
“Of course as a manager you want to find the best possible moment to move, not go to a team that is struggling. Yes it would be a challenge to go and help them, but what happens if you go from bad to worse? You’re reputation will suffer and then you’re in the sh**.”
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While it is impossible to defend Tottenham’s performance against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, it is clear that it was a freak result. Bayern basically scored with almost every attack they had as they were unbelievably clinical upfront. Let’s hope the result hasn’t completely shattered the players’ confidence and we see a response against Brighton on Saturday.
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