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Pochettino calls on Spurs to ‘stay together’ after 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich

Spurs have started the Champions League group stages poorly again this year, after Mauricio Pochettino’s side were on the end of a sobering 7-2 home defeat against Bayern Munich tonight.

It all started so well for the home side though, with Pochettino’s men flying out of the traps and deservedly going ahead via Son Heung Min in the 12th minute.

However, Bundesliga champions Bayern would draw level just a few minutes later, with defender Joshua Kimmich finishing superbly from 20 yards out.

Both sides contributed to what was a fascinating, high-quality first period, but a Robert Lewandowski strike on the stroke of half-time changed the complexion of the game and seemed to suck the belief out of the Spurs players.

Bayern went up a gear in the second half, with former Arsenal attacker Serge Gnabry scoring twice to put the German side three goals ahead.

Harry Kane pulled one back for Spurs just after the hour mark to give the home fans brief hope of an epic comeback, but Gnabry, who was heavily booed throughout, scored twice more to complete his hat-trick and extinguish any thoughts of a turnaround.

Bayern weren’t finished yet though with Lewandowski and Gnabry both scoring again late on to seal what was a humiliating defeat for last seasons finalists.

Speaking after the game Spurs boss Pochettino called on his side to stick together after what was a sobering night at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

“I don’t need too much time to explain,” Pochettino told BT Sport.

”We played 30 mins well, started well, pressing high. But we were unlucky that we conceded in the first minute of the half.

“They were very clinical. After we scored the penalty for two we had chances to score the third. But from the 83rd and 88th minute we conceded three more goals.

“In football it can happen. Every single touch went in. We are very disappointed and very upset but we have to stay together. I think we are strong in our mentality.

“Maybe you are bored about my speech but football is today not yesterday. It is always is about the show. You have to do it today and tomorrow. It is not about experiences and what happened three months ago.

“We are disappointed. Every single touch from Bayern was clinical. They scored with every touch. It is tough to accept. You have to move on.

“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.”

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