There wasn’t a single Spurs player who did themselves justice against Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga champions ran riot with a 7-2 rout at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, a result which leaves the north Londoners back in crisis mode.
Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski (2), and Serge Gnabry (4) showed Nico Kovac’s side at their very best, utterly ruthless and ready to pounce on their hosts’ mistakes.
Yet Mauricio Pochettino might well feel that all seven goals were preventable.
Danny Rose, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks, and Toby Alderweireld all contributed to a Bayern goal apiece. And then there was Serge Aurier.
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The Ivorian was supposed to be redeeming himself after being sent off in the 2-1 victory over Southampton.
That red card was harsh, admittedly, but he got the wrong side of his man for the second yellow knowing his name was already in the book.
It’s that kind of recklessness with which Spurs fans have come to associate their right-back – and lo and behold, on Tuesday night, he was at it again.
Not only was the 26-year-old at fault for three goals – losing his man for two of them when he was trying to press, and giving the ball away for the other – he was also lucky not to be dismissed again.
Aurier was at the centre of a bizarre incident involving David Alaba.
With Alaba lying on the floor, the defender ended up inexplicably two-footing him, even straightening his legs while he was in the air rather than trying to avoid contact.
Take a look at the footage below:
The obvious answer for Pochettino, who has been let down by Aurier so many times, would be to drop him. He’s suspended against Brighton, but whether he returns after that is more an indictment of Tottenham’s dearth of options at right-back.
Kieran Trippier was allowed to join Atletico Madrid in the summer after himself struggling in his final season at Spurs.
That leaves Aurier and the young Kyle Walker-Peters battling it out as first choice, despite the manager having clear reservations about both.
Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth have both been used to fill in previously, though the latter is currently injured anyway. Davinson Sanchez has also been shifted across the defence in emergencies.
Aurier has had plenty of poor showings in a white shirt and this was the worst of the lot.