Ex-Arsenal man Gnabry smashes FOUR as Spurs are annihilated by Germans

first_img10 The England captain made no mistake from the spot as he made it 2-4 with half an hour to goCredit: GettyTo be fair to Spurs – and it is difficult to be fair to Spurs after a surrender like this – they started so well.They needed a reminder, an early one preferably, that they can play a bit at this level.They got one when Son Heung-Min beat Germany’s creaking first choice keeper Manuel Neuer.He took the time away from Bayern’s skipper, hitting it nice and early to beat him with a shot across the body.This place erupted, with Tottenham fans witnessing the return to their rampant, captivating best. It lasted three minutes.Bayern, five time winners of this Cup, have the players to match their illustrious history.The German champions were a goal down, but they are not the type to panic or worry too much about being a goal down.They coped brilliantly with the ear-splitting atmosphere, with the feverish response to Son’s early opener. THEY were not just beaten. They were battered.Tottenham Hotspur – last season’s finalists – looked like Champions League novices.10 Former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry led a second half onslaught as Bayern Munich dished out a thrashing to SpursCredit: Getty Images10 Son Heung-min had fired Spurs into the lead with just 12 minutes on the clockCredit: PA:Press Association10 Robert Lewandowski turned the scoreline on its head to give Bayern the lead at the break after Joshua Kimmich had levelledCredit: Getty Images10 Serge Gnabry (22) struck twice in two minutes to stun Spurs – and FOUR goalsCredit: AFP10 And he kept his nerve late on after breaking through the defence to seal his hat-trick and then add his fourthCredit: PA:Press AssociationTo lose like this, to allow Bayern Munich to dismantle them inside their own home, is a crime at this level.Even Andre Villas-Boas did not concede seven at home during his unhappy spell at Spurs.The recovery, if they are to be resuscitated under Poch, will be long, and painful.Champions League TableSee More Tables See Full TableSpurs looked like they were on an Apprenticeship Scheme, first-timers thrown in at the deep end by a ruthless boss.Poch, who claimed these Spurs lads had big cojones when they beat Ajax to reach the final, looked like a newbie as well.As for his players, they lost the plot.When Joshua Kimmich levelled, Bayern took total control of the outcome.The manner of the defeat, the collapse of Tottenham’s defence, means a glamorous Champions League group game has turned into an inquest.Former Arsenal wide man Serge Gnabry set off Nick Hornby-style street celebrations on Avenell Road by scoring four.Gnabry, the man Tony Pulis did not fancy when he was on loan at West Brom, was made to look like Lionel Messi out there.In front of him the master marksman Robert Lewandowski added two more with clinical finishes in each half.Sadly Son Heung-Min’s 12th minute opener and Harry Kane’s 61st minute penalty are irrelevant.Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munich10Credit: ReutersHarry Kane pulled a goal back for Tottenham from the penalty spot7 – Tottenham Hotspur have conceded seven goals in a home match for the very first time in any major competition. Embarrassed. pic.twitter.com/3Yh8WarA7S— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2019 Kimmich, converted from right back to central midfielder in this slick Bayern system, got the equaliser.It was an ice-cool finish, slotted beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris after mugging off Tanguy NDombele on the edge of the area.NDombele had a wretched night, struggling to cope or contain the crisp passing of Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso.Harry Winks had one as well, cheaply dispossessed a couple of times during a disappointing first half.Spurs were overwhelmed.The top teams – and Bayern are certainly that –sniff out anxiety and seize on uncertainty.After surviving efforts from NDombele, Kane’s free-kick and Son’s shot wide of the post, Bayern asserted their authority.They were building something, carried by their noisy fans making a din in the far corner.Rio Ferdinand tells Harry Kane to leave Spurs to win trophies… like he did when quit Leeds for Man UtdSoon enough, they had plenty more to celebrate.Lewandowski’s persistence paid off, taking charge inside the penalty area when he clipped the ball beyond Jan Vertonghen.As Spurs tried desperately to find a man to scramble it clear, Lewandowski sniffed out the chance to beat Lloris with a trademark low, powerful shot.Bayern had earned the lead because they got to grips with this game as the minutes ticked by.It is not a classic team of, say 1974-76, or the champions of 2001, or 2013, but they have a stack of Champions League know-how.They are old hands at this, working their way through the group and then taking their chance in the knockout rounds.Bayern are pretty much there, leaving Spurs to thrash around for second place with Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade.Gnabry got his first after 53 minutes when he exchanged passes with Benjamin Pavard down the left.He scampered clear to beat Lloris, but the former Arsenal forward was not finished.Winks lost possession in a critical area – again – to a very grateful Tolisso for the next.His simple pass played Gnabry in and the newly-crowned Arsenal legend bagged his second.It is ludicrous for Spurs to approach a game like this when they have players with a wealth of Champions League experience.LATEST SPURS NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerFreakish results can happen, but there is something dark and sinister about the mood around this club.They allowed Gnabry to complete his hat-trick when Thiago Alcantara sent him clear 83 minutes in and then scored his fourth with a beaut four minutes.In between all that was Lewandowski’s second, stunning 60,000 Spurs fans when Coutinho set him up.Poch was powerless, watching on from the sidelines as his players crumbled in front of him.When Poch finally gets round to watching the re-run, he must accept that Bayern were good – just not that good.10 Serge Gnabry’s quickfire brace put the game beyond Spurs to leave the Prem side still winless in the Champions League this seasonCredit: Reuters10 Manuel Neuer celebrates wildly after the ex-Gunner’s secondCredit: Getty Images10 The result leaves Tottenham with just one point from their opening two matches in the group stageCredit: Reuterslast_img read more