MATCH FOCUS: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #5

Bayern Munich humbled Tottenham Hotspur in their own backyard, running in a ruthless display to breeze past their opponents as 7-2 winners in their UEFA Champions League Group B clash.

Despite the score, it was an enthralling encounter in London, as Tottenham even took an early lead through Son Heung-min and were level just before half time – before sinking without a fight in the closing stages of the match.

Bayern’s squad has undergone a significant shift and reinvention since the departures of former key squad figures including Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels. It was a summer of change, but there was no question at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium they were back their old, mesmerising best.

After the early opening goal from Son, Bayern drove at their English hosts and quickly found themselves back on terms through a superb 20-yard finish by full back Joshua Kimmich.

Despite this, Tottenham failed to heed the Germans’ warning signs and it was little surprise when Robert Lewandowski pulled out a sharp turn and right-footed strike past Hugo Lloris just before the interval. It was a trademark highquality finish from the prolific 31-year-old Poland international, struck from all of 20 yards out.

Going behind just before the break seemed to kill Spurs’ resolve, as the frenetic Bayern showed no signs of giving up. Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry, who has managed to revive a once seemingly underwhelmed career which saw failed spells with both the Gunners and on loan at West Brom to once more become one of European football’s emerging darlings, soon stepped up to the mantle to run the show.

An emphatic quickfire double from the German international in as many minutes not long after the start of the second half killed the contest in truth. From that stage on, as Bayern began to break open the floodgates and take full advantage of Spurs’ lax defending.

A glimmer of hope and potential comeback came soon after, as Harry Kane stepped up to convert from the penalty spot after a rare mistake from the German champions in the game saw Kingsley Coman foul Danny Rose, but the Bavarians quickly slammed the door shut once more.

Instead, the closing stages saw Bayern’s blistering pace and hunger fully overcome the slower, leggy Spurs defence – who were playing far higher than they could afford to against the Germans and hadn’t learn their lesson.

Gnabry ran riot, smashing home twice more in the closing moments to take his tally against his former rival side to four, with a second for Lewandowski sandwiched in between.

The full time whistle confirmed an embarrassing result, a record home loss for Tottenham.

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