Mauricio Pochettino must prove his worth in coming weeks after Tottenham embarrassment

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As if that were not bad enough, former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry scored four of them.

How quickly things can unravel.

It was exactly four months since Tottenham stood on the brink of conquering Liverpool – hopes high going into the Champions League final.

But the ease of the which lesson was dealt out by Bayern as to what it is to be generally one of the continent’s great teams is not the most worrying aspect about this humiliation.

The bigger concern is that Tottenham might not have yet reached rock bottom.

Truly, the coming weeks will be a measure of just how good a manager Pochettino really is.

Because the hollowness of this savaging was etched on the faces of players like Harry Kane as the final whistle sounded.

When Tottenham left Madrid humbled by a better Liverpool team, the consolation was that they had showed, with the new stadium finally built, they were ready to move to another level.

Nobody had expected that level to be a lower one.

But in 118 years at their old ground, they never once shipped seven goal in a major competitive game. The fact the boos were not louder was because the stadium had rapidly started emptying after goal no. 5 had gone in.

It was all such a far cry from when Tottenham had taken the lead after just 12 minutes.

Heung-Min Son had wasted two good chances before he finally struck with the third to give Spurs hope of another major European scalp.

Their lead lasted just three minutes.

Joshua Kimmich collected a poor clearance 25 yards out, sent Tanguy Ndombele the wrong way with a dummy and swung a devastating shot past Hugo Lloris.

Then just before the break, with Spurs again struggling to clear, Robert Lewandowski created half a yard of space for himself and even with his back to goal that was all he needed to squeeze a shot inside the far post.

In the second half, things got a whole lot worse.

Serge Aurier, who could have been sent off for the second time in four days when he landed two-footed on David Alaba in just the eighth minute, remains a liability every time be pulls on a Tottenham shirt.

He allowed Gnabry to sprint past him down the flank, cut inside and drill the ball low past Lloris.

Then two minutes later, Harry Winks dangerously lost possession for the third time in the evening, Gnabry was fed in again and for the first time since it was built, this impressive new stadium was strangely silent.

Harry Kane converted from the spot when Danny Rose was fouled by Coman but in the end it was small beer indeed.

Gnabry sprinted clear of Aurier again to collect Thiago Alcantara’s perfect pass and complete his hat-trick.

Then Lewandowski completed his own double to add to the woe. And still there was time for Gnabry to add his fourth.

The true measure of the damage caused over the course of this 90 minutes will only be known in the coming weeks.

These are important times for chairman Daniel Levy’s entire Tottenham vision.

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