It was yet another memorable performance by the German giants Bayern Munich but the score line has left us all asking how is it possible that a team who were finalists just a couple months ago managed to lose by such an emphatic margin at home? No one could have predicted that Spurs would have conceded so many goals, especially since they were first on the score sheet with a fantastic strike by Son Heung-min and then came back to level the score with a great penalty by Harry Kane.
Tottenham’s centre-back pairing played as though they were employees whose contracts were almost up. The irony is that this partnership forms the base of the Belgian team who are ranked number one in the world. So perhaps the argument could be made that both Toby Alderweirald and Jan Vertonghen are playing as defenders who feel that there club do not value them and this has affected their confidence on the pitch. Another player who only has a couple months left on his contract is Christian Eriksen, the Danish veteran that has a key part to play in the Spurs dressing room. The Bavarians were no doubt clinical in front of goal but former Tottenham striker, Peter Crouch, stated that the Londoners should not be losing in such a fashion at home.
Spurs have not had the best of starts to their domestic campaign and looked shaky in all of their matches. The Hugo Lloris fumble at the weekend, typified the kinds of ridiculous mistakes that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have made this season. There certainly is class in this Spurs squad and they have shown character in matches by bouncing back and holding onto leads. However, the unhappiness and dissention is very apparent and something needs to be done if they are to compete with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the league title and if they are to reach the Champions League final for a second season in a row.
Bayern Munich on the other hand have proved that they are contenders for the biggest club trophy in Europe this season. Niko Kovac’s side have remained dominant in the Bundesliga but last played in a Champion’s league final six years ago when they beat domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. This prolific score line will no doubt send a message to the other top sides who will be looking to claim the coveted title themselves. Robert Lewandowski has been consistently brilliant in front of goal, scoring in every match he’s play in and adding two more to his tally against Spurs. Joshua Kimmich scored an absolute cracker but the match ball was stolen by ex-Arsenal midfielder, Serge Gnabry who scored four times at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
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