Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has banned his players from watching even ‘one image’ of the team’s 7-2 Champions League annihilation at the hands of Bayern Munich ahead of the reverse fixture in Germany.

It was Spurs’ joint largest ever home defeat and their heaviest of any kind under Mauricio Pochettino. It was also the joint biggest of Pochettino’s coaching career, matching a 5-0 defeat for Espanyol in 2012 against a Real Madrid side ironically managed by Mourinho.


The new boss wants to consign October’s game to history. So rather than use any footage to address mistakes made by Spurs players or study Bayern’s strengths and weaknesses, Mourinho has put it in the metaphorical bin instead.

“I forbid any image of it. I watched it a couple of times, but not one image for the boys,” the Portuguese is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

With both Bayern and Spurs already sure of their place in the Champions League knockout rounds, with even first and second place in the group also locked in, the game is an opportunity for Mourinho to give fringe players a chance to start.

“This is a great opportunity for some of them to play, to show what they’re capable of,” he said.


One of those players will be summer signing Ryan Sessegnon, who is at last set for his full debut after a hamstring injury blighted his first few months in north London.

The 19-year-old came on for 15 minutes in their 5-0 win over Burnley at the weekend, while he also briefly appeared twice from the bench towards the end of Pochettino’s reign.

Sessegnon is confident and excited ahead of the clash in the Allianz Arena, not least because his manager has likened him to serial trophy winner and England centurion Ashley Cole.

“It’s flattering to be compared to someone like that, someone who I think is a great player and for someone like the manager to put my name in the same breath as Ashley Cole was big for me,” the player is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

Ryan Sessegnon

"It does give a lot of belief and confidence for upcoming games and it makes me want to work even harder to get more.

“I definitely had an eye on Ashley Cole when I was growing up. I was an attacking full-back, very aggressive but can also go forward and supply goals, assists and he was definitely one of the players that I looked up to.”

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