Tottenham have endured a miserable week but it is not time for Mauricio Pochettino to leave, according to former Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet.

Tottenham were thrashed 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday and followed up that defeat with another dismal outing at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, going down 3-0.

Spurs ended last season in the Champions League final but were sixth in the Premier League at full-time against Brighton, having played a game more than the rest of the top half.

Pressure is building on manager Pochettino, who has not won a trophy with the club, yet Poyet believes it would be best for all involved if he is given the opportunity to turn Tottenham's fortunes around.

"I think he needs to stay. I don't think it's the moment," Poyet, who ended his playing career with the club in 2004, told the BBC World Service.

"I know Mauricio, I played against him in Spain. I know he's a fighter as well as an excellent manager. He's been showing that in the last few years.

"He wouldn't want to go now, not at all. He will want to make sure he gets everybody back in a good place, a happier place, to try to pick the best team to go and perform and, obviously, put the performance and the result behind [them].

"That's what everybody needs at Tottenham right now. These are bad times but, in football, we know things change very quickly. I am sure Mauricio is going to be ready to fight in this bad moment."

Spurs do not play again for a fortnight due to the international break, which Poyet thinks will be helpful as he claimed the players look "very, very worried".

"Normally, when you lose in a bad way, it's good to have a game straight away after two or three days," he said. "There's no time to reflect too much, just prepare the game and play.

"But it's happened too many times now. It's time to say, 'Woah, woah, woah, stop.' They can relax for a while.

"I'm sure some of the players are at least not going to come back from the international break very, very worried, because that's how they look now.

"Their faces on the pitch, when they make a pass and miss, you can see the players are very, very worried about the situation, which is natural.

"Sometimes that needs something external - not training all together again for two weeks, no double sessions getting even worse."

Tottenham crashed out of the EFL Cup last month when they lost on penalties to Colchester United, but Poyet still hopes to see Pochettino deliver silverware.

"I would love him to do it," he added. "I think he deserves to bring trophies - not just for the club but for him, for what he's done for the club.

"I said last season, when I thought everything was set for Spurs to win the Champions League, it looked like it was their year. Some players and especially Pochettino, who has been at Spurs for so long, deserve to win a trophy."

Tottenham's dismal week concluded in humiliating fashion on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino's side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs' hopes of bouncing back from their 7-2 Champions League capitulation to Bayern Munich in midweek took a blow early on when Hugo Lloris' mistake gifted Neal Maupay the opener.

To further compound the visitors' misery, Lloris was subsequently taken off with an arm injury sustained as he landed awkwardly.

Aaron Connolly scored either side of half-time on his first Premier League start to secure a famous win for Brighton and one that leaves Tottenham with plenty to ponder heading into the international break.

Here we take a look at the best Opta facts from a shock result on the south coast.

17 - Tottenham have now lost 17 games in all competitions in 2019, more than any other Premier League side. Spurs have lost as many matches as they have won in this calendar year.

2 - Connolly is the first Irish teenager to score a Premier League double in over 20 years, with former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane having netted twice for Coventry City against Derby County in August 1999.

10 - Spurs have conceded 10 goals in their last two matches. It is the first time they have done so since December 1997, when they lost 6-1 to Chelsea before going down 4-0 to Coventry.

2:30 - Timed at two minutes and 30 seconds, Maupay's opener was Brighton's fastest goal in the Premier League.

100 - Youngster Connolly is the 100th player from the Republic of Ireland to score in the Premier League. The Republic of Ireland is now the fourth nation to have 100 or more different goalscorers in the league, along with England, France and Scotland.

8 - Lloris was taken off after eight minutes. It is the earliest a goalkeeper has been subbed off in a Premier League match since Lloris was replaced after four minutes in a match against Leicester City in March 2015.

Aaron Connolly scored twice and Hugo Lloris suffered a serious arm injury as Tottenham lost 3-0 at Brighton and Hove Albion to cap a dismal week.

Humiliated in a 7-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek, Spurs needed a response to ward off rumours of disharmony but encountered only more pain at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Lloris bore the worst of it, the captain left in agony and taken from the field on a stretcher following a lengthy delay after landing awkwardly on his left arm in an incident that gifted the hosts a third-minute lead.

The goalkeeper dropped a routine Pascal Gross cross, stumbled backwards and was in too much anguish to keep Neal Maupay from nodding home the loose ball at point-blank range.

Connolly, 19, doubled Brighton's lead before the interval and completed a dream first Premier League start with an exquisite second in the 65th minute that sealed his side's first win over Tottenham since 1983.

Paulo Gazzaniga replaced Lloris - who received oxygen from medical staff - and he was retrieving the ball from the back of the net in the 32nd minute.

The substitute made the initial save after Connolly beat Ben Davies to Dan Burns' delivery from the left but could not prevent the teenager from converting the rebound.

It took Tottenham almost 45 minutes to threaten Brighton's goal, Erik Lamela's attempt following a fine team move forcing Lewis Dunk to hack clear off his own line.

The influential Gross grazed the crossbar with a cheeky free-kick moments before Connolly scored his second, an arrowed right-footed shot into the far corner.

Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura were all unable to reduce the deficit as Spurs limped to another harrowing defeat.

What does it mean? Problems piling up for Pochettino

An injured captain, an ineffective Christian Eriksen and a fifth defeat in all competitions - this season is getting no easier for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

He now has two weeks to address a multitude of concerns, not least the psychology of a side that was clearly still reeling from Tuesday's loss to Bayern.

Connolly inspires Seagulls

Brighton had not won in the league since the opening weekend of the campaign, so throwing in a young forward against last season's Champions League finalists was a gamble by Graham Potter.

It paid off handsomely. The Irishman seemed at home as he took on defenders at will and scored two excellent goals.

Dier not the answer 

Serge Aurier's suspension prompted Pochettino to move Moussa Sissoko to right-back, leaving a spot free in midfield.

Eric Dier filled the vacancy but struggled badly to plug the gaps so ruthlessly exposed by Bayern, with his heavy touch and wayward passing of no help.

What's next?

Tottenham will be relieved to have the international break between this game and their next Premier League fixture, which is at home to Watford on October 19.

A suddenly upbeat Brighton visit Aston Villa the same day.

Tottenham's nightmarish week plunged new depths as Hugo Lloris was taken off on a stretcher with a serious arm injury after gifting away a goal in the third minute against Brighton and Hove Albion. 

The Spurs skipper was left in agony and received oxygen from medical staff following an awkward landing on his left arm in Saturday's Premier League match at Amex Stadium. 

His injury occurred after goalkeeper Lloris caught but then dropped a routine cross from Pascal Gross. 

He stumbled backwards and attempted to use his arm to cushion his fall, only for it to buckle under his weight. 

Neal Maupay nodded in the loose ball from point-blank range to give Brighton a 1-0 lead and compound Tottenham's misery, Mauricio Pochettino's men having been humiliated in a 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. 

Paulo Gazzaniga was substituted on as Lloris' replacement once the France international was taken from the pitch following several minutes of treatment.

Neymar may not have secured his return to Barcelona, but the Paris Saint-Germain star's future continues to make headlines.

The Brazil forward was keen on making a Barca comeback, two years after his world-record transfer to the French capital.

But as Antoine Griezmann struggles to settle in at Camp Nou, the Frenchman could see himself shipped out to make way for Neymar.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR & GRIEZMANN IN SWAP DEAL

Barcelona are considering the possibility of sending Griezmann to Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar, claims Le10Sport.

Neymar was unable to secure a return to Barca during the transfer window following his €222million exit in 2017.

But as Griezmann – who only arrived from LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid in the off-season – finds it difficult to settle and develop a relationship with Lionel Messi, the Barca recruit is being talked about as a possible makeweight.

 

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- Leicester City star James Maddison is Tottenham's number one target to replace soon-to-be free agent Christian Eriksen, according to the Daily Star. Maddison has also been linked to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Real Madrid could trigger Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak's €120m release clause as Thibaut Courtois struggles at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to ElDesmarque.

- The front page of Corriere dello Sport says Lazio have signed star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to a new contract until 2024. The deal, worked out in secret for another season, appears to end speculation of a move to the likes of InterUnited, Real Madrid, Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain.

Gennaro Gattuso could make a sensational return to AC Milan, but only in an unlikely scenario. Amid mounting pressure on coach Marco Giampaolo, El Corriere claims Gattuso – who stepped down at the end of 2018-19 – would make his way back to San Siro if directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban quit.

- The Express says Chelsea will offer Willian a new contract amid links to LaLiga champions Barcelona. It comes as the Evening Standard reports the Blues will reward Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori with fresh deals.

- Could Carlo Ancelotti leave Napoli at the end of the season? Corriere dello Sport suggests the Italian head coach could depart if results do not improve. Napoli are already six points adrift of Serie A leaders Inter.

- Marca says Manchester United are keeping an eye on Mexico international Jose Juan Macias. The 20-year-old Leon forward scored his first international goal on debut for El Tri on Wednesday.

- Ernesto Valverde's future as Barcelona boss is far from certain and with that in mind, TNT Sport reports that River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is the club's first choice.

Tottenham star Son Heung-min would be open to a future move to Serie A side Napoli, according to his agent Thies Bliemeister.

Son has established himself as one of the best forwards in the Premier League and Europe since joining Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

The South Korea international has scored 70 goals for Spurs, while he played a key role in the club's memorable run to last season's Champions League final.

However, a new adventure in Italy could interest the 27-year-old, who has netted three goals in all competitions this term.

"I've never brought a player to Napoli, but I'd like to because [Diego] Maradona, my favourite player, played for them," Bliemeister told Radio Marte's 'Si gonfia la rete'.

"I've talked to Napoli in the past, with executives who are no longer at the club. I'll take advantage of this double-header with Salzburg to talk to them.

"As for Son at Napoli, why not? You can never say never in football. Son likes Italy, the food and Italian people.

"It's not easy to take him from Tottenham because he costs a lot but, one day, who knows?"

Son scored the opening goal in Tottenham's humiliating 7-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday as Spurs look to bounce back against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham were right not to replace Kieran Trippier for this season despite preparing to line up with Moussa Sissoko at right-back.

Spurs allowed England international Trippier to leave for Atletico Madrid but opted not to bring in a new signing on the right side of defence.

Pochettino suggests he preferred to trust Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth, who has previously played centre-back and was injured in pre-season.

Aurier has been lining up in that role in recent weeks but was sent off against Southampton last week and endured a torrid time as Tottenham were beaten 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Pochettino explained: "Football is about circumstance and performance and form of the player.

"You have Kyle Walker-Peters, Serge Aurier, different players that you can use like Juan Foyth, who played there in the Copa America but got injured in pre-season.

"You need to see the squad and we have 11 players in the defensive line. I can tell you them.

"Aurier, Walker-Peters, Toby [Alderweireld], Davinson Sanchez, Foyth, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon, Japhet Tanganga, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen. My answer is clear?"

Despite these options, it appears central midfielder Sissoko will start in defence at Brighton and Hove Albion, having replaced Aurier following his red card last time out in the Premier League.

"[Sissoko] played there against Southampton," Pochettino said. "When you assess the squad and options, it is clear that you will use the last feeling [you had].

"The last feeling is that Moussa Sissoko played one hour and he was the best playing there.

"If you watch the game against [Sofiane] Boufal and [Nathan] Redmond, he was unbelievable. The effort and how we used him.

"Serge is banned and, for different reasons, the form of other players maybe doesn't convince you and, of course, you use the feeling from last week. That is why I consider to play him there."

Pressure is building on Pochettino following the humbling home defeat to Bayern, yet he insists he has recovered from similar setbacks in his football career.

"I don't remember if I ever conceded seven before, but I lost 6-0, yes," he said. "I remember it was in January 1990, when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge of Newell's Old Boys. It was his second game.

"We were playing in the Copa Libertadores against San Lorenzo and the score was 6-0 – at home. Yes, it was really, really painful. It was similar to Bayern Munich.

"But that season we finished by winning the Premier League in Argentina. In six months, we completely changed the perception and sometimes these situations make you stronger."

Dele Alli remains a key player for Tottenham and will soon rediscover his best form after being overlooked for England selection, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

The 23-year-old has struggled for form and fitness in the early stages of 2019-20 and was left out of Gareth Southgate's 25-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Alli came in for criticism for his performance as Tottenham were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in midweek and Southgate warned he faces a battle to win back his England place.

However, Tottenham boss Pochettino backed the midfielder to prove his worth once he has got some games under his belt.

"There's nothing wrong with him," Pochettino said at Friday's news conference. "You need to understand that football is about form, about some not so good periods. 

"Dele only needs time to recover his best performance. We're going to help him, provide all the tools and platform for him to recover his best way to play. 

"There's no doubt Dele is going to recover. He's in a tough period but we need him. He's a very important player for us. In time, we're going to recover the best Dele Alli."

Alli has featured in four of Tottenham's 10 matches this season and is in contention to start Saturday's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs will be without the suspended Serge Aurier at the Amex Stadium and Pochettino has suggested he may use Moussa Sissoko at right-back.

"We have a few options there," he said. "I think Moussa was very good playing one hour against Southampton with tough players like [Sofiane] Boufal and [Nathan] Redmond. 

"He did very well and that made me think a little bit that his option is bigger than another player."

Deadline-day signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are also out of contention to play against Brighton, but both players are entering the late stages of rehabilitation and are closing in on a return.

Asked for an update on the pair, Pochettino said: "It is a long period that they have not been playing. We need to be careful. It is a little bit unlucky.

"They are two new signings that can provide new energy for the team."

Mauricio Pochettino has no doubt that his Tottenham players remain fully committed to the club despite their troubled start to the campaign.

Tottenham have won just three of their 10 matches in all competitions this season and were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Pochettino admitted last week his side's poor run of form could be down to an unsettled squad, with a number of players rumoured to have pushed for a move away during the close season.

Three days on from the home humiliation at the hands of Bayern, however, the Argentine coach shot down suggestions his players no longer care.

"I have no doubt the players want to always do their best to win," he said at Friday's news conference. 

"They play for themselves, for their families and then for the club and the coaching staff. I don't doubt their commitment."

Pochettino's own future has been called into question on the back of defeats to Leicester City, Colchester United and Bayern in the space of 10 days.

The 47-year-old, linked with the Manchester United and Real Madrid jobs earlier this year, has vowed to stay on for the duration of his deal.

"In five and a half years, every single press conference, we are talking about my future," said Pochettino, who signed a five-year contract extension in May 2018.

"I hope because we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five years more here, at least.

"I accept the opinions. It is normal that the game has created a lot of opinions and rumours, everyone needs to talk. 

"But in the end, we only lost a game. We are going to find a way to be successful again, no doubt. We need to stay together."

Reflecting on the Bayern debacle - a record margin of defeat for an English team on home soil in Europe - Pochettino acknowledged his side need to quickly get the result out of their system.

Tottenham travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday and Pochettino said: "The Bayern game was really strange.

"After the first half nobody expected that result. Sometimes this happens in football and you just need to accept every single shot from Bayern Munich goes in the goal. 

"What can you do? Nothing. We must stay together. The result is tough but the most important thing is to stay calm and believe in our potential. 

"We need to bounce back from this defeat but it is only three points that we lost. We'll keep working. 

"In life this type of thing happens but we need to accept that it can happen. It is a tough moment but altogether we are going to be find a way to bounce back and win games."

Dele Alli has been told by England manager Gareth Southgate he faces a battle to win back his place in the international squad.

Southgate dropped Alli from his group to face Czech Republic and Bulgaria in England's forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, while also leaving out Alli's Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier and Manchester United's Jesse Lingard.

After playing in five of England's seven matches at the 2018 World Cup, Alli's season was hampered by injuries in 2018-19 and his problems coincided with Tottenham's dip in form in February.

The 23-year-old playmaker has played just 30 minutes of Premier League football this season, having recovered from a thigh injury, and Southgate said he has yet to return to his best form.

"I think the last 12 months in particular has been frustrating for him," Southgate told reporters.

"He's had this sort of string of hamstring injuries where he's always been coming back up to the level, so that's definitely been the situation at the beginning of this season, not quite yet at full match fitness.

"He's got a fight on his hands at his club, it's a strong squad now, so there's competition for places depending on the system that they play, but he’s an asset and we all know that and I know his mentality and drive will be to get back in."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has played Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko in a line of three behind Harry Kane in Tottenham's recent fixtures, or deployed Eriksen and Erik Lamela as wingers behind a front two of Son and Kane.

Meanwhile, Southgate has utilised Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice and Mason Mount in recent England games, shifting the focus from experienced international players like Alli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to those who he feels need time to bed into his plans ahead of Euro 2020.

"I think when you're selecting a squad, the players need to see some sort of meritocracy when possible," said Southgate.

"With Dele [Ali] and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] in particular, they haven't really had the number of games this year to get themselves into a rhythm. They're both recovering from different injuries, one long term, one a bit shorter term.

"But we want to look at some of the young players. Let's invest time in some of those younger players. Let's have a closer at them, knowing that we've got to keep winning matches now by exposing people to the level and the environment and seeing how they cope with it."

Real Madrid are eager to strengthen and moves are set to be made in January.

The LaLiga giants' mixed start to the season continued with a surprise draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Madrid plan to make signings in January – and two midfielders remain on their list.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID WANT JANUARY SIGNINGS AMID ERIKSEN, VAN DE BEEK LINKS

Real Madrid are planning to strengthen their squad in January and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Ajax's Donny van de Beek are at the forefront of their thinking, according to Marca.

Eriksen is coming out of contract at the end of the season, while Van de Beek seemingly wants to finish the campaign at Ajax.

While Madrid are top of LaLiga, they have collected just one point from their opening two Champions League games in Group A.


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- Manchester United's main targets seemingly remain unchanged. Sky Sports News reports the Premier League club have Juventus' Mario Mandzukic and Bournemouth's Callum Wilson as their main striker targets ahead of the January window.

- Leicester City are keeping tabs on 15-year-old Turkish midfielder Burak Ince, according to Fotospor. Manchester City are also reportedly interested in the teenager who would cost in the region of £1.3m.

- Spain are still waiting for Ansu Fati. The Barcelona teenager is yet to receive the necessary paperwork to debut for Spain, according to AS. Sport reports authorisation will arrive next week, with a debut for the senior team or Under-21s a possibility.

- The Football Association has requested to see evidence after Liverpool allegedly paid Manchester City £1million after a complaint from the Premier League champions that their scouting system had been hacked, according to The Times.

Niko Kovac cautioned his Bayern Munich players against losing focus following their brilliant 7-2 hammering of Tottenham in the Champions League.

The German champions delivered a performance to be savoured in London as they humiliated last season's finalists.

Plaudits have been heaped upon them but Kovac's men must now narrow their gaze on the task of beating struggling Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Bayern moved top of the Bundesliga with a rather unconvincing 3-2 victory over bottom-placed Paderborn last weekend and the head coach is keen to retain that spot heading into the international break.

"We need to keep our concentration," Kovac said at his pre-match news conference.

"We played the Champions League finalists on Tuesday. We had problems for 25 or 30 minutes then we dominated. We can't dominate for 90 minutes.

"It was a great game from us but we need to put in the same performance against Hoffenheim as we did against Tottenham.

"We want to remain objective, humble and continue to work."

Serge Gnabry was the star of the show against Spurs, with the former Arsenal winger becoming the second German to hit four goals in a Champions League game.

Robert Lewandowski grabbed a brace in the rout and Joshua Kimmich scored the other.

"He's feeling great, as you can imagine," Kovac said of Gnabry.

"He's got a slightly different training programme than most of his team-mates today. Goals aside, I was more pleased with how hard he worked tracking back in the second half."

The Bayern boss added: "We've got a good group of players that are growing closer together.

"The players are absorbing more and more what we want to see from them. I've been noticing this for a while now. But we haven't achieved anything yet."

Martin Odegaard is enjoying a stellar season at Real Sociedad.

On loan from Real Madrid, Odegaard's starring performances are attracting interest from across Europe.

A Norwegian connection at Manchester United could see Odegaard move to Old Trafford.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED WANT ODEGAARD

Manchester United have joined the race to sign in-form Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, according to The Sun.

Odegaard is currently on loan at LaLiga side Real Sociedad, where the 20-year-old has scored two goals and supplied two assists this term.

The Norway international, who joined Madrid from Stromsgodset in 2015 but only has two appearances to his name for the Spanish giants, has also been linked to Premier League rivals Manchester CityLiverpool and Arsenal.

 

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- The Daily Mail reports manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to leave struggling Tottenham. It comes after Spurs' season hit a new low following Tuesday's embarrassing 7-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been linked to the London club.

- As doubts grow over Pochettino, The Sun claims ex-Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri will wait until the end of the season before taking a Premier League job. Allegri, who left Serie A champions Juventus at the end of 2018-19, has emerged as a possible target for Tottenham and United.

Arsenal have the chance to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano for £53million (€59.4m) at the end of the season, claims L'Equipe. The Gunners were heavily linked to the 20-year-old during the recent transfer window and they could return for the defender, whose release clause is reportedly set to drop.

- Bayern Munich are interested in Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham, says The Sun. The 16-year-old has impressed in the Championship this season with two goals in six matches. Bundesliga champions Bayern have an eye on English talent following their unsuccessful pursuit of Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi.

- Sport Bild claims Bayern will "resume talks with Leroy Sane's management in the coming weeks". The Manchester City star was targeted by the German giants before suffering a serious ligament injury in the Community Shield.

- According to Calciomercato, Juventus are hoping to agree a new deal with midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The Frenchman, who was linked with a move away before the transfer window closed, is out of contract at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports Juve boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on reuniting with Chelsea star N'Golo Kante.

Inter are set to launch a shock January move for Burnley forward Jay Rodriguez, says Calciomercato. Antonio Conte's list of attacking options to add to Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez reportedly includes Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, Udinese's Kevin Lasagna and Andrea Petagna of SPAL.

Christian Eriksen has dismissed claims of a major bust-up with Tottenham team-mate Jan Vertonghen, describing the rumours as "b******t".

The Denmark star was responding to a tweet referring to a story that alleged an argument took place involving Eriksen, Vertonghen and Spurs captain Harry Kane, which centred on allegations of an affair between Vertonghen and Eriksen's partner.

The Twitter post also suggested there is serious disharmony within the Spurs dressing room, with the club said to be refusing to offer Vertonghen a new contract and manager Mauricio Pochettino likely to join Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Eriksen retweeted the post while adding the word "b******t" as a hashtag, as well as a sleepy emoji.

Vertonghen then shared Eriksen's tweet with three weary face emojis and a heart, having tagged his team-mate.

Eriksen has only started five matches for Spurs this season amid persistent speculation over his future, and he was a second-half substitute in Tuesday's humiliating 7-2 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The playmaker was heavily linked with Real Madrid after admitting at the end of the 2018-19 season that he was interested in a new challenge, while it has also been claimed Manchester United will pursue a move in the January transfer window.

Vertonghen, who started the thrashing by Bayern and said he was "ashamed" by the result, said prior to the match that talk concerning his own future was not a distraction.

"I'm very aware of my age. I feel fairly young and it doesn't distract me," the 32-year-old said, as quoted by The Guardian. "I'm very ambitious and I feel I've got a couple of good years left in me.

"Am I in contract talks? I prefer not to go too deep into that but there's always some movement everywhere. I had a great past at the club and I'm feeling great at the moment in every single way here."

He added on rumours of unrest in the Spurs camp: "I'm not going too much into that, either. The mood at this point is good and it was a good win for us on Saturday [against Southampton]. We showed who we really are after the sending-off and their equaliser."

Hugo Lloris admitted Tottenham "gave up" in the humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich that left Jan Vertonghen "ashamed".

Serge Gnabry scored four times and Robert Lewandowski twice as Spurs completely collapsed in front of their own fans on Tuesday.

The five-goal defeat was the heaviest an English team has suffered in a European match at home and plunged Mauricio Pochettino's men deeper into darkness four months on from their appearance in last season's Champions League final.

Tottenham have won just three of 10 games in all competitions since the June trip to Madrid, which resulted in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

Son Heung-min had given them an early lead against Bayern but the extraordinary scenes that unfolded thereafter fuelled speculation of disharmony inside the squad.

"I don't think the level of both teams is far away like the score [suggests] but we need to accept they were much better than us," Lloris told reporters.

"I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse.

"It's a night that affects us a lot. Now it's about character, clearing the mind."

The captain's comments echoed boss Pochettino's assessment of the performance, which ended with the concession of three goals after the 80-minute mark.

Pochettino warned of a "psychological" battle for his players ahead of Saturday's game against Brighton and Hove Albion and centre-back Vertonghen acknowledged the result could have a lasting effect.

"Everyone's ashamed," the defender said. "I think everyone will have a bad night's sleep, and probably a couple, about this.

"I feel extremely hurt - all negative words. It's embarrassing. It's a very bad result.

"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.

"It's good that the next game 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."

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