Jermaine Jenas insists Pochettino saw battering coming this season

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Tottenham Hotspur were thrashed 7-2 in their own backyard by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening in what was an extremely humiliating result for the home side.

While it was a fairly even affair in the first half, the visitors displayed a masterclass in finishing in the second half as they clinically put away their chances almost every time they went forward.

As Spurs went forward, looking to narrow the margin, the Germans capitalized on the space and ended up routing the home side.

Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has reacted in disbelief to the result and suggested that it was a big wake up call for the Lilywhites.

Jenas told BT Sport on 1/10/19 from 9.30 pm, “This is a big wake up call for this football club., it really is. They had a moment to figure out what they wanted to be, how far they wanted to go.

“You can lose games of football, but this is a battering from a top European club who have been there and done it on many occasions. It has been a tough couple of months for this group of players, this football club.

“What is going on on that football pitch? The place is half empty anyway because everyone has left.

“These are the types of results where do you start to look in the dressing room, you start to ask those questions – are they reacting to what is being asked of them?

“This scoreline tells me no at the minute, this scoreline is a shocker. It’s the capitulation, it’s that moment of “it is not going great, let’s feel sorry for ourselves.”

“At what point do you say no, the opposition are not scoring any more goals, it is not happening?”

The 36-year-old also claimed that Pochettino saw this type of battering coming and that was the reason behind his pessimism since the start of the season. He also questioned that players’ hunger and spoke about how important it was for Spurs to respond to the thrashing.

Jenas added, “They’ve got to respond, they have to. This is why, in my opinion, the manager has probably been in the mood he has been, he has foreseen this happening.

“Have they got the hunger, have they still got the desire to go and achieve the lengths they achieved last season to get to a European final?

“In his mind, I think he felt they didn’t, it needed refreshing. That is the beauty of football. On Saturday they need to get together and they need to start putting in some performances.

“You don’t build a magnificent stadium like this to get pumped 7-2, as great as Bayern Munich are.”

Spurs Web Opinion

This result clearly indicates major problems both tactically as well as with the team’s character and mentality. As hard as it was to take, I think it is important that we retain some perspective and back Pochettino to sort out these problems. The Argentine certainly deserves time to turn things around given what he has achieved so far.

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