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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspurs troubles continued as they had been humiliated in the most devastating style of the very embarrassing nights in their own history as Serge Gnabry scored four goals.
The scale of the thrashing for his players and director Mauricio Pochettino was made even more stark by the fact they took an early lead and were on level terms until before half-time.
Bayern posed a threat throughout and were fast rising provisions through Joshua Kimmichs super finish – however Spurs failed to heed the warning signs and ended up as they awakened without a fight from the second half decreased to a rabble .
Unusual as it may seem taking a look at the scoreline, it was an encounter that actually turned to the stroke of half-time if, out of 20 metres, Robert Lewandowski made a turn and right-foot finish beyond Hugo Lloris with matters in the equilibrium.
The manner in will be of concern to Pochettino and people whove detected underlying problems with the manager and his group because they dropped the Champions League final to Liverpool in June.
When Arsenal child Gnabry scored twice as many minutes soon after the period, taking benefit of more poor defending to conquer Lloris bayern gathered momentum and place themselves from sight.
Harry Kane gave Spurs expectation with a penalty after Bayern although Kingsley Coman fouled Danny Rose have been in no mood to start the door running riot as Gnabry added in Lewandowski sandwiched between with another smooth finish.
It is the very first time in the 137-year background of Tottenham theyve actually surrendered seven goals in the home in any competition.
Spurs left the pitch. They will cling to the truth that after dropping their first two group games last season that they reached the final – but this is the type of beating which is going to take a very long time to recuperate from.
Tottenhams display had to commend it for its first 35 minutes as they closely resembled the side which reached the Champions League final so dramatically last season, playing to exchange blows with this hazardous Bayern.
Even when honours were even, however, danger lurked clearly the prowess of Lewandowski flagged trouble up ahead along with as Spurs were being exposed since Gnabrys pace on the flanks.
And so it proved as, from the minute Lewandowski swept a magnificent end beyond Lloris with the last kick of the first half, Spurs picked and were stretched with Jan Vertonghen along with the defensive assembly of Toby Alderweireld. The sight of the latter plodding in the wake of Gnabry if he hit on the back of the net was a ominous sight.
Spurs will also look at early opportunities but there is not any escaping the brutal reality of that which has been done to these by Bayern.
This is regarded as a Bayern side in transition, remember they lost at home to Liverpool in the last 16 final year, but from the final whistle it was actually a matter of just how many theyd score because Spurs waited for the whistle as a boxer waiting for the last bell.
Serious harm will have been inflicted by this loss and its inglorious way although spurs can escape from the group.
Spurs triumph against 10-man Southampton on Saturday appeared to have raised the siege mentality and answered the questions asked after an indifferent start.
Rather the queries are not only going to return but will be probing. This outcome will not simply stun his players, Pochettino and Spurs supporters, it will come as a jolt to chairman Daniel Levy.
They are painted by this scoreline as the contrary although spurs see themselves as big players on this elite European stage. That will not be appreciated by levy.
Pochettino should now rally himself and this team, who seemed lethargic and lacking the stomach for the battle when Bayern took charge.
These are decisive days for Spurs and Pochettino.
Tottenham visit fighting Brighton at the Premier League lunchtime kick-off of Saturday. Bundesliga leaders Bayern are at home to Hoffenheim exactly the exact moment.
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