We have seen some remarkable games and results in recent seasons of the Champions League, but Tottenham’s 7-2 home defeat against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night will live in the memory for a long time.
To rub salt in the wound, it was a former Arsenal player in Serge Gnabry who stole the show, scoring four of Bayern’s seven goals. Some have blamed the players for the defeat, while some have blamed boss Mauricio Pochettino. In truth, both have to take some of the blame for the battering.
Pochettino got the tactics wrong
Spurs’ Argentinian boss is known as a head coach with a lot of tactical acumen. He is known as one of the brightest coaches in the Premier League when it comes to tactics.
However, he got it badly wrong on Tuesday night. It seemed at the beginning of the game he lined up with Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son upfront and Dele Alli behind the pair.
All three are obviously attacking players and better going forward than defending. However, as one pundit stated yesterday that one ball can take three Spurs players out if the game, which leaves the midfield and defence vulnerable.
The result was a truly woeful night for Spurs. Pochettino is only human and we all make mistakes and Bayern were ridiculously clinical in front of goal, which did not help Spurs cause.
Maybe it is time for Pochettino to leave
In fairness to Pochettino, he has done an incredible job turning Tottenham into a team that regularly makes the Champions League. Making the final of last season’s competition, only to suffer a 2-0 defeat, maybe the Argentinian’s zenith as Spurs boss.
It is now obvious that the speculation over the future of a number of Spurs players is unsettling the dressing room. Do those unsettled players really still want to be at the club? The team’s performances and results suggest that they do not.
There is a sort of stale feel about Tottenham. Pochettino has not seemed a hundred per cent happy at the club for a good while. Making the final of the Champions League last season only seemed to mask his frustration at the club hierarchies lack of ambition.
Pochettino is now in a situation where he is a victim of his own success. Is he ever going to win the Premier League title with Tottenham? The logical answer seems no. Is he ever going to win the Champions League with the club? Again, the answer is unlikely.
What is his motivation to stay at Tottenham? The north London club are not moving forward. They have hit their glass ceiling and will not break through now that Liverpool and Manchester City have established such a stranglehold on the title race.
Pochettino the favourite to be the next boss gone
The fact that Pochettino was installed as the 9/4 favourite to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job after Tuesday’s defeat is not a surprise.
The Argentinian has not become a bad coach overnight. Many clubs would be looking to hire him if Tottenham decided to sack him in the near future. His managerial promise is not in doubt either. However, maybe Pochettino has stayed too long at Tottenham. Last summer after making it to the Champions League final may have been the ideal time to leave the north London club.
There is no indication that the Spurs will sack the boss. However, the speculation is understandable considering, not just last night’s defeat, but also the inconsistent manner of their season so far.
If Tottenham does decide to sack Pochettino, then it will be a terrible shame that his time in north London should end on such a sour note. However, maybe it would be best for everybody involved, including the ambitious Pochettino that the to part company in the near future.
Is it now time for Pochettino to leave Tottenham?
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