THE eerie silence in the Tottenham dressing room after their battering by Bayern Munich must have been deafening. It certainly should have been.
Toby Alderweireld revealed Spurs stars hardly said a word in the aftermath of their 7-2 hammering at home by the Germans on Tuesday.
The defender said: “I'm not going to lie this is a big loss, we feel the pain.
“Everyone in the dressing room was just quiet and I felt from everyone the pain so it’s not easy, but we have work to do.”
No shouting. No calling out team-mates. Not even a rallying cry by the sound of it.
Could you imagine legends Dave Mackay or Graham Roberts saying nothing had they been part of Tuesday’s fiasco?
The Lilywhites back then, who were on a fraction of the pay but had a hundred times more heart and honesty than most of this current mob, would have ripped their team-mates to shreds — and not just with verbals.
Even boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed he had no words for his players, adding: “It is difficult to talk now. I am going to fix nothing shouting.”
The ground staff would probably still be searching the stadium trying to find bits of Serge Aurier after his shocking display in the worst ever home defeat by an English team in Europe.
The erratic right-back was not the only player to under-perform in a Tottenham team which held their own against Bayern for the first 30 minutes.
In fact, they only fell behind just before half-time when Robert Lewandowski put the visitors 2-1 up.
But after the way Spurs performed in the second half — as they added to their growing list of lacklustre displays this season — perhaps we should not be surprised by Alderweireld’s admission of a lack of noise afterwards.
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