Tottenham players will have sleepless nights, that’s the verdict defender Jan Vertonghen after their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Spurs looked a good bet to claim their first Group B and get their European campaign firmly back on track after Heung Min Son fired them into an early lead, but four goals from Serge Gnabry meant Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded seven goals at home in any competition for the first time in the club’s 137-year history.
And the Belgian defender, who was part of a Tottenham defence that collapsed in the latter stages, conceding three goals in a horror five-minute spell at the end of the game, said there is no excuse for a result like this, admitting they ‘let everyone at the club down.’
“I feel extremely hurt – all negative words. It’s embarrassing. It’s a very bad result,” Vertonghen told the Daily Mirror.
“I felt like they were extremely clinical. There’s never an explanation for a score like this, but they punished us with every single mistake we made. We let the players and everyone at the club down with this result.”
But Spurs have no time to dwell on this result as they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League’s lunchtime kick-off on Saturday and Vertonghen thinks having such a quick turnaround is ideal.
He said: “It’s good that the next game [at Brighton ] is already in a couple of days. We have to get back together – and I feel like the group is together – to overcome this defeat.
“The next game on Saturday will be a good moment to get rid of, not 100 per cent, but a bit of this feeling.”