Monday , October 14 2019

Mauricio Pochettino urges Tottenham players to ‘man up’ as he prepares to hold inquest

Mauricio Pochettino urges Tottenham players to ‘man up’ as he prepares to hold inquest into Bayern Munich humiliation

  • Mauricio Pochettino has told his Tottenham players to face defeat ‘like men’
  • Spurs were humiliated in a 7-2 defeat by Bayern Munich at home on Tuesday
  • He will hold an inquest on Wednesday to avert growing crisis at the club

Mauricio Pochettino will hold an inquest into Tottenham’s embarrassing defeat by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Tottenham were thumped 7-2 by the German giants as former Arsenal attacker Serge Gnabry scored four as Spurs suffered their worst home defeat in their 137-year history.

Pochettino locked his players in the dressing room for longer than usual after the game before calling on his players to ‘man up’ following the humiliation.

Mauricio Pochettino will hold an inquest into Tottenham’s embarrassing defeat on Tuesday

Spurs were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in their heaviest ever home defeat

Spurs were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in their heaviest ever home defeat

And the Spurs boss will call a meeting as they look to bounce back from Tuesday night’s shame.

‘It’s difficult to talk now. I said nothing after the game. We have to stay together, but you can imagine we cannot talk now.

‘It’s a situation where we have to be calm first, after we will talk tomorrow. But not today.

‘The feelings aren’t so good. We are very disappointed. But the moment now is to be calm and not make a mistake after a result like today.

‘We are not going to fix anything by shouting, when the emotion is on the skin.’ 

Pochettino also called on his crestfallen players to take their medicine like men, saying: ‘This is going to be a tough season. 

Pochettino will hold a meeting on Wednesday after urging his players to 'man up'

Pochettino will hold a meeting on Wednesday after urging his players to ‘man up’

‘After the final of the Champions League, it was a chapter closed and now the club is in a period when they need to open another chapter and decide a project, medium, long-term.

‘Like I told you, that defeat won’t change my opinion. This type of situation will happen and you need to show your quality like a man first, to face like a professional, like a man. You need to put your quality, how you are strong, to face this type of situation.

‘What comes after is the professional side. Now we need to be a man and be strong all together to try to bounce back and change that feeling.

‘I think it’s more psychological now. To try to move with no damage between us and talking in different ways to each other.

‘The most important thing now is to have one idea, one analysis, one assessment.

Harry Kane looks on during a difficult night in the Champions League for Tottenham

Harry Kane looks on during a difficult night in the Champions League for Tottenham

‘We need to stick with this assessment and from there start to improve.

‘Last season was similar but this result is tough. But the most important now is to stay calm, not rush to analysis, assessment or judgement.

‘It’s important now to take a few hours to see what happened. But after 30 minutes, my feeling was good. Nobody in that stadium expected this type of result in the end. We need to work, but it was a little bit of a strange game.

‘This type of situation you have to face. It is tough and you need to be strong and keep going. Stay together, help each other and be all together. When you receive this type of result it is important to bounce back and believe in yourself. It is the only way to recover.’ 

Bayern Munich's players celebrate their impressive victory in front of their fans afterwards

Bayern Munich’s players celebrate their impressive victory in front of their fans afterwards

On their thumping victory over last season’s Champions League runners-up, Bayern boss Nico Kovac added: ‘It looks like London is a good town for me. 

‘I like being here, it’s a nice big city. It was a great evening for Bayern Munich for German football, here on the island.

‘We were lucky during the first 30 minutes. We were way too passive, we didn’t show enough presence. But from then on we dictated the game, dictated the rhythm.

‘In the second half, we really managed to perform extremely well. And the game is now over, we are very pleased. It really was great for German football.’