Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ASHAMED SPURS PLAYERS START OWN INQUEST; TEAM STAYED IN DRESSING ROOM AFTER 7-2 ROUT Manager Calls for Calm

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ASHAMED SPURS PLAYERS START OWN INQUEST; TEAM STAYED IN DRESSING ROOM AFTER 7-2 ROUT Manager Calls for Calm

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro

TOTTENHAM'S shell-shocked players started their own inquest into last night's humiliating 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the dressing room after being ignored by Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine gave his players the silent treatment following their Champions League horror show and the squad were left to question each other as a difficult season hit a new low.

Spurs players remained in the dressing room for some time after the final whistle and defender Jan Vertonghen admitted they were left "ashamed" by the result.

Pochettino will hold a full inquest today after Spurs slumped to the heaviest home defeat in the club's 137-year history on a night that raises questions about his own future.

The Spurs manager does not like to talk to his players after bad results, when emotions are running high, and it is not unusual for him to wait to analyse a heavy defeat with them. But he will stress he expects better as he bids to rouse them after admitting they gave up towards the end of their heavy defeat to Bayern.

Former Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry scored four times as the Germans ran riot and Vertonghen says the players let the club down.

Vertonghen said: "Everyone is ashamed of this result. It was a painful night for us. Bayern punished us with every mistake we made and were extremely clinical, but there is never an explanation for a score like this.

"We let everyone at the club down with this result. I feel extremely hurt. It is embarrassing. I think everyone will probably have a couple of bad night's sleep about this."

The humbling leaves Tottenham playing catch-up in Group B to avoid an early exit and has added to the sense of uncertainty at the club.

It comes against the backdrop of a difficult start to the season and leaves Pochettino facing questions about the direction he and Spurs are heading in. …

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