Hugo Lloris had admitted that Tottenham have no room for error if they want to reach the Champions League knockout stages for a third consecutive season.
Spurs suffered their worst result in European history on Tuesday as they were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich and remain winless in Group B, two points off second-place and a further three behind the German leaders, who are now heavy favourites to claim top-spot.
Remarkably, the Lilywhites are still one point better off than this time 12 months ago, where they suffered defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona in their opening two matches and sat bottom of their group.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s side collected eight points from their final four matches, including a dramatic point in the Nou Camp on matchday six, to progress into the last 16. And Tottenham require a similar run of results this time around to ensure Champions League football continues at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after Christmas.
“I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse,” the Frenchman said to the Independent.
“It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind.”
Spurs now face a crucial double header against Red Star Belgrade, who beat Olympiacos in Serbia last night to blow Group B wide open before hosting the Greeks and then the return fixture against Munich in December.
Lloris added: “The next two games against Red Star will become even more important, we cannot lose any more points.”