THEY were not beaten. They were battered.
Tottenham Hotspur – last season’s finalists – played like Champions League novices in front of their own fans.
10 Former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry led a second half onslaught as Bayern Munich dished out a thrashing to SpursCredit: Getty Images
10 Son Heung-min had fired Spurs into the lead with just 12 minutes on the clockCredit: PA:Press Association
10 Robert Lewandowski turned the scoreline on its head to give Bayern the lead at the break after Joshua Kimmich had levelledCredit: Getty Images
10 Serge Gnabry (22) then struck twice in two minutes to stun SpursCredit: AFP
10 And he kept his nerve late on after breaking through the defence to seal his hat-trick and then add his fourthCredit: PA:Press Association
To be beaten like this, to allow Bayern Munich to dismantle them inside their own home, is a big problem for Mauricio Pochettino.
The recovery will be painful after conceding seven for the first time on their own turf.
Spurs looked like they were on an Apprenticeship Scheme, first timers thrown in at the deep end by a demanding boss.
Poch must question his tactics and his methods after this savage result.
After Joshua Kimmich levelled, Bayern assumed control with four goals by former Arsenal wide man Serge Gnabry and two more from Robert Lewandowski.
Harry Kane’s 61st minute penalty, clinically tucked away after Danny Rose had been chopped, is irrelevant.
Spurs needed a reminder, an early one preferably, that they can play a bit in the Champions League.
They got one after 12 minutes, when Son Heung-Min beat Germany’s creaking first choice keeper Manuel Neuer.
There had been enough warnings, with Neuer forming a barricade to get down low to stop efforts after five and nine minutes.
Son eventually put Spurs in front, reading Moussa Sissoko’s pass to create some wriggle room down the right.
He took the time away from Neuer, hitting it early to beat Bayern’s keeper with a shot across the body.
This place erupted, with Tottenham fans witnessing the return to their rampant, radiant best. It lasted all of three minutes.
10 Harry Kane pulled a goal back for Tottenham from the penalty spotCredit: Reuters
7 – Tottenham Hotspur have conceded seven goals in a home match for the very first time in any major competition. Embarrassed. pic.twitter.com/3Yh8WarA7S
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10 The England captain made no mistake from the spot as he made it 2-4 with half an hour to goCredit: Getty
Bayern, five time winners of this Cup, have the players to match their pedigree.
The German champions were a goal down, but they are not the type to panic or worry too much about being a goal down.
They coped with the ear-splitting atmosphere, the feverish response to Son’s early opener.
Kimmich, converted from right back to central midfielder in this slick Bayern system, got it.
It was a super finish, curled beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris after sending Tanguy NDombele out for a hotdog on the edge of the area.
NDombele had a wretched night, struggling to cope or contain the crisp passing of Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso.
Harry Winks had one as well, cheaply dispossessed a couple of times during a disappointing first half.
Spurs were in danger of being overwhelmed.
The top teams – and Bayern are certainly that – can sniff out the anxiety and seize on the uncertainty.
After surviving efforts from NDombele, Kane’s free-kick and Son’s shot wide of the post, Bayern really took control.
Their second was coming, on the way when Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry and Philippe Coutinho got to work.
NDomebele was really struggling, booked for a reckless challenge on Coutinho on the edge of the area.
Bayern were building something, carried by their noisy fans making a racket in the far corner.
Soon enough, they had something more to celebrate.
Lewandowski’s persistence paid off, taking charge inside the penalty area when he clipped the ball beyond Jan Vertonghen.