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Chelsea vs Tottenham result: Miguel Delaney match report today



Daylight opens again between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, thanks largely to a chasm between their ideas on the pitch.

Frank Lampard’s side were rewarded for actually trying to play football, and some brave decisions, to beat Spurs 2-1 and go four points clear in fourth.

Jose Mourinho’s negative approach actually ended up being ideal for Chelsea, and the perfect antidote in order to finally get their second league win in 2020.


That was how off-form Lampard’s team had been. That is why there should be bigger questions about Mourinho’s attitude, and how he’s been speaking all week.

From all the build-up and battened-down set-up, you would have thought Chelsea were one of the great attacking forces of the 21st century… rather than a relatively young and off-form side under a young manager who had four wingers out injured, their top scorer unfit on the bench, few goals from midfield and many of their own defensive issues.

Spurs didn’t exploit any of this. As against RB Leipzig, they just weren’t set up to. The manager was far too fixated on their own weaknesses, their own absences. He thereby didn’t so much set up to play football, but some kind of military cosplay: drilled defensive organisation and only really attempting to attack from the siege weapons of set-pieces.

We’ve seen it all before, and it’s getting easier to work out. Chelsea did so with impressive enthusiasm, as did Liverpool and Leipzig. And that’s where the big question is.

Mourinho may bleat on about how this is all he can do, and paint an attempt at any other kind of football as some kind of suicidal madness, but this is the fourth time he’s attempted this set-up in the last month.

He’s lost three of those games, and convincingly so, only winning one through the luck of Manchester City’s profligacy.

As such, even allowing for injuries, it doesn’t seem to really be working. Maybe try something else? Something a bit more inventive, or different? Lampard did.

The Chelsea manager went against his own recent stridency and picked Olivier Giroud. Just as with Chelsea’s braver football, he was rewarded.

Giroud – aside from scoring and along with other returning players like Ross Barkley, Mason Mount and fellow scorer Marcos Alonso – was one of the best players on the pitch.

One of Spurs’ genuine attacking thoroughbreds in Giovani Lo Celso, meanwhile, was reduced to dreadful tackles. That was the mentality. It wasn’t to create.

Lo Celso was twice lucky not to get sent off. Stockley Park later admitted as much. Spurs were lucky the scoreline wasn’t much worse.

Chelsea, as has generally been the case of late, weren’t even that brilliant. They were often nervous, patchy, and only occasionally in any kind of flow.

That nervousness was particularly visible in the last few minutes after Antonio Rudiger’s own goal, raising questions as to why Spurs didn’t actually try to attack more earlier.

That contrasting flow was most exciting in the 18th minute, with what can only be denied as a relentless siege. They eventually just forced the ball over the line by sheer force of will.

But within that will lies a deeper question about what everyone is actually trying to do. It is also where there has become an element of self-fulfilling prophecy about approaches like Mourinho’s.

Were Chelsea so intensely driving forward because of their inherent idea… or because it was an inevitable consequence of Spurs inviting them on? That is what tends to happen when you’re so withdrawn.

And in the modern game, far removed from the more controlled and less frenetic football of 2004-10, you also tend to concede much more.

So it was here, as Hugo Lloris and the post kept Chelsea out within a matter of seconds, before Giroud fired in.

That was also Mourinho’s entire gameplan exploded. And that’s the entire problem with that approach. If you’re solely set up to contain and not concede, you don’t have anything when you go behind.

And Spurs really did offer nothing. There was the occasional hopeful punt, the odd set-piece, but these didn’t exactly amount to any kind of constructive play. Spurs just couldn’t put that together.

The greater problem with this is that it’s not just an issue of tactics. It’s an issue of mentality.

If you’ve spent the entire week in training concentrating on defence, and the entire week in the media literally your team are incapable of doing much else – “we did all we could do” – it should be no surprise that a wider negativity starts to afflict the play. This is the atmosphere Mourinho creates.

It is as if he just decides that he can’t put out his best possible team so has to give in to full negativity. It stood out all the more against the positivity of Chelsea, the vibrancy. This is ultimately why there’s a different vibe around Lampard than many other managers.

Mourinho doesn’t seem to be quite creating the same defensive rigour, either. Despite having five defenders on the pitch, Alonso still had the space of the entire left-hand side to run into to fire in a brilliant clincher.

It was a goal of glorious fluidity, that just cut right through the trudge of Spurs. It cut right through Mourinho’s moribund approach. It has cut open a crucial gap in the table.



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Chelsea vs Tottenham result: Miguel Delaney match report today



Daylight opens again between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, thanks largely to a chasm between their ideas on the pitch.

Frank Lampard’s side were rewarded for actually trying to play football, and some brave decisions, to beat Spurs 2-1 and go four points clear in fourth.

Jose Mourinho’s negative approach actually ended up being ideal for Chelsea, and the perfect antidote in order to finally get their second league win in 2020.


That was how off-form Lampard’s team had been. That is why there should be bigger questions about Mourinho’s attitude, and how he’s been speaking all week.

From all the build-up and battened-down set-up, you would have thought Chelsea were one of the great attacking forces of the 21st century… rather than a relatively young and off-form side under a young manager who had four wingers out injured, their top scorer unfit on the bench, few goals from midfield and many of their own defensive issues.

Spurs didn’t exploit any of this. As against RB Leipzig, they just weren’t set up to. The manager was far too fixated on their own weaknesses, their own absences. He thereby didn’t so much set up to play football, but some kind of military cosplay: drilled defensive organisation and only really attempting to attack from the siege weapons of set-pieces.

We’ve seen it all before, and it’s getting easier to work out. Chelsea did so with impressive enthusiasm, as did Liverpool and Leipzig. And that’s where the big question is.

Mourinho may bleat on about how this is all he can do, and paint an attempt at any other kind of football as some kind of suicidal madness, but this is the fourth time he’s attempted this set-up in the last month.

He’s lost three of those games, and convincingly so, only winning one through the luck of Manchester City’s profligacy.

As such, even allowing for injuries, it doesn’t seem to really be working. Maybe try something else? Something a bit more inventive, or different? Lampard did.

The Chelsea manager went against his own recent stridency and picked Olivier Giroud. Just as with Chelsea’s braver football, he was rewarded.

Giroud – aside from scoring and along with other returning players like Ross Barkley, Mason Mount and fellow scorer Marcos Alonso – was one of the best players on the pitch.

One of Spurs’ genuine attacking thoroughbreds in Giovani Lo Celso, meanwhile, was reduced to dreadful tackles. That was the mentality. It wasn’t to create.

Lo Celso was twice lucky not to get sent off. Stockley Park later admitted as much. Spurs were lucky the scoreline wasn’t much worse.

Chelsea, as has generally been the case of late, weren’t even that brilliant. They were often nervous, patchy, and only occasionally in any kind of flow.

That nervousness was particularly visible in the last few minutes after Antonio Rudiger’s own goal, raising questions as to why Spurs didn’t actually try to attack more earlier.

That contrasting flow was most exciting in the 18th minute, with what can only be denied as a relentless siege. They eventually just forced the ball over the line by sheer force of will.

But within that will lies a deeper question about what everyone is actually trying to do. It is also where there has become an element of self-fulfilling prophecy about approaches like Mourinho’s.

Were Chelsea so intensely driving forward because of their inherent idea… or because it was an inevitable consequence of Spurs inviting them on? That is what tends to happen when you’re so withdrawn.

And in the modern game, far removed from the more controlled and less frenetic football of 2004-10, you also tend to concede much more.

So it was here, as Hugo Lloris and the post kept Chelsea out within a matter of seconds, before Giroud fired in.

That was also Mourinho’s entire gameplan exploded. And that’s the entire problem with that approach. If you’re solely set up to contain and not concede, you don’t have anything when you go behind.

And Spurs really did offer nothing. There was the occasional hopeful punt, the odd set-piece, but these didn’t exactly amount to any kind of constructive play. Spurs just couldn’t put that together.

The greater problem with this is that it’s not just an issue of tactics. It’s an issue of mentality.

If you’ve spent the entire week in training concentrating on defence, and the entire week in the media literally your team are incapable of doing much else – “we did all we could do” – it should be no surprise that a wider negativity starts to afflict the play. This is the atmosphere Mourinho creates.

It is as if he just decides that he can’t put out his best possible team so has to give in to full negativity. It stood out all the more against the positivity of Chelsea, the vibrancy. This is ultimately why there’s a different vibe around Lampard than many other managers.

Mourinho doesn’t seem to be quite creating the same defensive rigour, either. Despite having five defenders on the pitch, Alonso still had the space of the entire left-hand side to run into to fire in a brilliant clincher.

It was a goal of glorious fluidity, that just cut right through the trudge of Spurs. It cut right through Mourinho’s moribund approach. It has cut open a crucial gap in the table.



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Chelsea vs Tottenham live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV today



Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s early kick-off in what could be a defining fixture in the Premier League’s top-four race.

Both sides are struggling badly with injury, particularly in attack, with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic all set to miss out.

Just one point separates the two sides after Chelsea suffered a damning 2-0 defeat against Manchester United last Monday.


Spurs were equally unimpressive, however, Son scored a dramatic last-gasp winner to secure a 3-2 victory against Aston Villa, before the club’s unbeaten streak was ended by RB Leipzig in midweek.

Here is everything you need to know: 

When is it and what time is kick-off?

The match will begin at 12.30pm on Saturday 22 

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at midday.

What is the team news?

Chelsea: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante have all been ruled out, with the latter suffering a groin injury against Manchester United. However, Tammy Abraham could return to the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle injury. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still regaining match fitness after a long layoff.

Tottenham: Moussa Sissoko, Harry Kane and Son-Heung are all out, with the latter undergoing elbow surgery earlier this week, leaving Mourinho with little choice but to start one of Lucas Moura and Dele Alli as an unconventional striker.

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Zouma, Rudiger, Tomori; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Willian, Mount, Abraham

Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Tanganga; Dier, Ndombele; Fernandes, Lo Celso, Bergwijn; Alli

Odds

Chelsea 8/11

Draw 14/5

Tottenham 18/5



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Timo Werner goal the difference for Leipzig – his performance vs Tottenham analysed



There were moments during this first leg between Tottenham and RB Leipzig that showed what Julian Naglesman recognises as the developing maturity and positional dexterity of his 23-year old forward, Timo Werner

Just six minutes into the tie, the German was on the right, in front of his coach and within handshaking distance of the wing-back, Nordi Mukiele. RB Leipzig had the ball, as was the case for most of the match. As the play moves over to that side, Werner does not move, instead encouraging Mukiele forward like a dad ushering his kids through the door on the morning school run. 

A few seconds later, as the Frenchman pulled the ball back to the edge of the box, there was Werner, arriving as all good forwards do, late and on time.


There was a similar incident midway through the first half. Again Mukiele encouraged to go on, again Werner having a look to see when and where he’d make his run. This time he broke into the box with it all to himself and stretched for Angelino’s first-time cross.

A switch from right to left 10 minutes later saw him lurking perfectly in Serge Aurier’s blindspot, ready and waiting for a one-on-one chance that arrived once Konrad Laimer had committed the right amount of defenders.

And how about that dummy in the second-half? Angelino again with the punched pass, Werner, this time, letting it through his legs to give Patrik Schick a clear shot at goal.

The truth is, though, that none of these were moments at all. Certainly not moments of worth.

Werner’s shot, one of four he had in the first half, was snuffed out immediately. That stretch to reach Angelino’s ball was unsuccessful and, had it been otherwise, would have been flagged offside.

The advantage of his room at the back post was countered by his own poor first touch, requiring a second to get the ball out of his feet with the third a snatched effort clawed out by Lloris. The Spurs keeper was on hand to keep out Schick’s effort to ensure the beauty of Werner’s stylish dummy was tainted by a lack of substance.

The reason these stand out when they should not is, for all but one minute of this match, Werner, as a concept, was a disappointment. A vaunted goalscorer who looked nervous at the sight of the net despite finding it 47 times since the start of last season.

A livewire across the turf encouraging others to do his bidding for him. An off-the-shoulder forward who did not get called offside once. A player vaunted for his directness yet, here, slowing down to take in the scenery.

Even that minute of worth was no minute at all.

Werner opened the scoring from the spot (Getty)

With 56 on the clock, he had possession on the left of the box and cut in as expected. And as the right foot came back with all expecting it to wrap itself around and thrash a bending attempt into the far corner, a dink came instead.

But with Spurs, too, expecting an effort on goal, in waltzed Laimer to take the looped pass beyond Ben Davies with his midriff clattered by the left-back’s right leg. A few moments later, Werner stepped up to sweep the penalty beyond Lloris’ right-hand.

It says a lot of what we expect from dynamic footballers now that you would not be wrong to leave this match and feel somewhat underwhelmed by Werner’s performance.

Maybe in another era, this display minus the goal – heck, this article – might have been of an audition spurned. Really, he should have opened the scoring in the second minute when he shot straight at Lloris after the ball broke to him at the near post. Every duel with Davinson Sanchez saw him on the losing side. 

The German’s goal was the difference (Getty)

But in the modern game, bad impressions are not really a thing when players are watched over many months by multiple scouts. Liverpool, for instance, will not be any less interested in him after tonight. In fact, they might be keener.

As the game wore on and Spurs pushed for an equaliser, Werner stuck to the left. On the same patch of grass where on the first half he had encouraged Mukiele to take the lead in attack, Werner was there deep in the second to take the lead in defence. Hard work out of possession was no skin off his nose. 

By tomorrow, and certainly by the second leg in two weeks time, this relative nonperformance from Werner, in which he gave his side a precious away goal, will be forgotten. But if it is to be remembered for one thing, it should be that he did nothing of his sort and yet was still the difference.



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RB Leipzig beat Tottenham to expose Jose Mourinho’s outdated football



For a man that once described Sam Allardyce’s approach as 19th-century football, this performance was another stark indication of how far Jose Mourinho has fallen behind the modern game, and how lucky Tottenham Hotspur are to only be 1-0 behind. This Champions League last-16 first leg against RB Leipzig really was football from 2004 against football from 2020. It just looked a lot more than 16 years in the difference.

That shows how quickly the game has evolved in that time, which was all the more fitting here because pure speed really was what so much of this Leipzig victory was about. Spurs just couldn’t keep up with the Bundesliga team.

The fair argument might be that this German franchise don’t have a proper club identity, but they certainly have a proper football identity. It is one that is light years ahead of Mourinho’s. Julian Nagelsmann would have been a far superior Spurs appointment than Mourinho. It is also why his side could weather the absence of their three best centre-halves, while forced to play full-backs there, and why any Spurs arguments about absent personnel don’t really cut it.


One side still looked so coherent, so vibrant. The other looked like they could only ever react to that – and usually a few seconds too late, to go with how many years they are out of date.

The first principle of that Leipzig idea, imbued into by celebrated director of football Ralf Rangnick, never felt more relevant than in this game. “One, add maximum possibility to the team and act, don’t react. So you need to dictate the game with and without the ball, not through individuals.”

Spurs remain totally reliant on individuals like Harry Kane. Leipzig dictated the game through collective modern movement. The contrast between the sides was that striking.

As good as Leipzig were in terms of playing the ball, it did play into Mourinho’s hands tactically. He got to do what he revels in, and set up an entirely reactive spoiling game, replete with the usual excuses and explanations.

It so often seemed like Spurs’ entire plan was just to take all the speed out of Leipzig, soaking their fluidity by just placing a mass of bodies in front of them. That really was the height of it, bar the now customary late rally against such teams.

For the Portuguese’s part, there aren’t too many of these Spurs players who you would consider vintage Mourinho defensive players, which is why he at least had to get the basic structure right. He did, to his credit, do that. But basic it certainly was.

It was also why it often felt like it was only Hugo Lloris and Giovani Lo Celso against the Leipzig XI. Lloris was the only player between Spurs and battering, keeping out so much. Lo Celso was the only player keeping Mourinho’s side moving, trying to get them up the pitch.

They were aided by the fact Leipzig were so profligate, especially the normally prolific Timo Werner. He squandered a spate of chances.

Timo Werner fires his penalty past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (Reuters)

It was sometimes as if Leipzig were just that bit too quick. The energy that meant they opened Spurs in the first place didn’t translate into the poise needed to finish. There was more than one snatched effort, especially from Werner.

Mourinho’s side were more patient about their chances, but then they had to be. They were made to wait long stretches for them, and those chances were usually individualistic moments rather than anything like the intensive attacks Leipzig displayed.

There was one fine Gedson Fernandes cross, one bounced Steven Bergwijn shot, as well as some late set-pieces. There was nothing to compare to Leipzig’s intricacy, particularly the touches of Patrik Schick.

It was that which eventually did for Spurs, as the Bundesliga side were always one touch ahead. It led to Ben Davies steaming in on Konrad Leimer, and giving away a penalty that really didn’t need VAR. Werner eventually got his goal.

Leipzig should really have had a healthy lead by then. In that, it marked the third successive Spurs game against similar sides – after Liverpool and Manchester City – where the opposition missed so many chances.

It has felt like a bad beating has been coming for a while. Instead, Spurs again got lucky, which allowed them to stay in the match for another late stand that Mourinho can rationalise as some kind of even match. This was nothing of the sort. Leipzig were better in every department, right down to the scoreline.

It gives them a significant advantage going into the second leg, and should mean they go into the quarter-finals. It’s still cup football, though, and Spurs could get the kind of luck that dictates this level much more often than people like to admit. It’s just that, beyond resilience, that is what Mourinho is relying on. Luck.

It is all so painfully out of date. It is why, without a surprising turn-around, Spurs look set to be history in this season’s Champions League, and Leipzig the future.

That explained by the great difference between the teams, and the managers. It has led to that key difference in the tie.



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Tottenham vs Leipzig LIVE: Result and Champions League final score



Tottenham will again have to do it the hard way in the Champions League after they suffered a 1-0 home defeat in the first leg of their last-16 tie with RB Leipzig.

Spurs’ run to the final last season was full of great escapes and comeback wins and they will need another after Timo Werner’s second-half penalty gave the Bundesliga side a deserved win in their first ever knockout game in this competition.

It also sees 32-year-old Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann, who has been dubbed ‘Baby Mourinho’ and is a rising star of European football, gain the edge over the man he has been named after.


But Spurs boss Jose Mourinho will claim this was not a fair fight as he was without two of his best attacking players, with the loss Son Heung-min on the eve of the match adding to that of Harry Kane.

The defeat would have been much worse had Hugo Lloris not produced a number of vital saves to keep Leipzig at bay, while Spurs struggled for clear opportunities at the other end.

Giovani Lo Celso had the best of them as his free-kick was turned on to the post, but it was a frustrating night for Mourinho.

Spurs will look to last season’s semi-final, where they turned around a similar first-leg defeat to Ajax with a dramatic night in Amsterdam, and there is the sense that something similar will be required in Leipzig on March 10.

While Nagelsmann was enjoying his first taste of knockout football in this competition, this was nothing new for Mourinho.

But rarely will he have gone into such a big game without two such key men as Son and Kane and their absence really set the tone.

Although Spurs’ problems were in attack, their frailties at the other end were immediately apparent as Leipzig had three golden chances inside the opening two minutes.

The hosts were sliced open down the right and Nordi Mukiele’s cross teed up Werner, but his shot was blocked by Davinson Sanchez.

Then from the rebound Angelino’s shot was turned onto the post by the leg of Lloris, who then saved Werner’s effort from close range.

Spurs, with no recognised striker on the pitch, were hoping that the pace of Bergwijn and Lucas Moura would be their main weapon and it was the Dutchman who had their best moment of the first half.

The mercurial Lo Celso played him in with a deft touch and, after turning inside, Bergwijn’s low shot was palmed away by Peter Gulacsi.

But from then on, it was a succession of missed chances for the visitors as Leipzig found holes in the Spurs defence at will.

Patrick Schick put a header just wide from a corner, Angelino had another effort blocked and Lloris was called into action again to deny Werner with a parried save.

The inevitable eventually happened just before the hour mark.

Werner’s chipped ball was met by Konrad Laimer and the Dane was clattered into by Ben Davies, with referee Cuneyt Cakir rightly pointing to the spot.

Werner made no mistake as he drilled into the bottom corner for a crucial away goal.

It should have been even worse for Spurs as Leipzig got in on goal with a slick counter attack, but Lloris came to the rescue with a fine save off Schick.

Mourinho’s side had to up the ante and Lo Celso came close to levelling matters in the 72nd minute, but his 25-yard free-kick was tipped onto the post by Gulacsi.

Their big moment came in the 89th minute, but Moura could not deliver as he did in Amsterdam last May.

Davies had space on the left and picked the Brazilian out perfectly, but his header went over the crossbar and it left Spurs with another mountain to climb in this competition.

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Hello and welcome along to live coverage of Tottenham vs RB Leipzig, as the two sides collide in the Champions League last 16. Who will get the upper hand in the battle between the old master, Mourinho, and the new coming, Nagelsmann? Here’s our exclusive interview with the man in charge of the Bundesliga challengers:



The team news will be coming in at around 6.45pm but here’s what we know so far:

Tottenham will be without their first choice forwards as both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are out injured. Son has undergone surgery on his broken arm but could be out for the rest of the season.

Spurs’ boss, Jose Mourinho, believes the absences may be an advantage as RB Leipzig could underestimate the strength of his team. He said: 

“They are probably thinking, ‘Wow, now is the time to kill them’,

“I understand why they think that way but we are going to give everything and I don’t think it’s going to be easy for Leipzig to play against us.”



Kane and Son are out. Could Lamela and Foyth return? Here’s what we know as Spurs prepare to take on RB Leipzig in the last-16 knockout stages of the Champions League: 



In a pre-match interview Jose Mourinho gave his thoughts on Tottenham’s opponents tonight, RB Leipzig, and the threat they pose on goal. Here’s what he had to sy:

“They are a very good team. They were leading the Bundesliga since the beginning of the season, they’ve just dropped one point behind Bayern but we know how powerful Bayern are in the Bundesliga so just by that, you can imagine the quality of their team.

“They’re a very good team, a very balanced team, huge squad, lots of options. They are able to play in different tactical systems, very fast, very dangerous on the counter-attack, they have three strikers in the squad but sometimes they play without them, to play just with fast players like (Timo) Werner and (Christopher) Nkunku like they did against Bayern Munich.

“They are a team that has goals coming from many different players, many different positions, solid and strong defensively, I would say a much, much better team than the name of let’s say a young club, an emerging club, has in this moment.”



The team news is still a few minutes away…



Team news

The big takeaway from Jose Mourinho’s starting XI is the attacking trio of Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura. None of which is an out and out striker.

Will they be able to get the job done against second placed team in the Bundesliga?



Team news

Lucas Moura has proven he is capable in front of goal with 15 goals, including two hat-tricks, last season. This year he has scored seven times and will need to step up again tonight.

By his side will be January signing Steven Bergwijn. He was a stable prescence for Ajax in front of goal last season scoring 14 and he continued that form at the beginning of the current campaign netting five times in 16 matches.

For Spurs he scored in his opening game for the London club in the 2-0 victory over Man City.



Team news – RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi, Mukiele, Halstenberg, Klostermann, Angelino, Laimer, Ampadu, Sabitzer, Nkunku, Schick, Werner

The big news is that Wales international Ethan Ampadu, on loan from Chelsea, is in RB Leipzig’s starting line-up, despite only played 187 minutes in total for the German club this season. 



Jose Mourinho’s side are looking to repeat last season’s fairy tale European run but with injuries to their main two strikers can they pull it off?



Tonight’s match will be the first clash between Tottenham and RB Leipzig. It is also the first time that Leipzig will face an English club in a competitive European match. 

They are the second German team to come to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium following Bayern Munich in October when they won 7-2. 

The stadium has seen the most goals in the Champions Legaue this season with 20, 11 for Spurs and nine against. 



The Chelsea teenager has had to bide his time on loan in the Bundesliga, but injuries and suspension now see him get a rare chance on the biggest stage:

 



Want to know more about Tottenham’s opponents RB Leipzig? Then have a watch of this:



RB Leipzig’s manager, Julian Nagelsmann, is a considerable talent. He became Hoffenheim manager four years ago at the age of just 28.

They were seven points adrift of safety when he took over in February – but they stayed up, and then qualified for the Champions League the following season.

It was announced in 2018 that Nagelsmann would remain in charge for the 2018-19 season and then take charge of Leipzig.

In his first season with Leipzig, he has led them to the Champions League knockout stages for the first time and they sit one point behind Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.



Julian Nagelsmann isn’t worried about the tactics of Jose Mourinho and has backed his players to come out and perform tonight:

“I think soccer in this class is not a tactical battle between the managers it is always a game for the players. Tactics are important but the more important thing is the perfromance of the guys, how they do the things you want them to do. It is not a game between Jose [Mourinho] and Julian [Nagelsmann], it is a game between Leipzig and Tottenham. 

“I think the emotional side of things is more important. You have deal with the pressure of the knockout games and that is more important than the tactics.”



Jose Mourinho is hoping for a special European night at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and that the atmosphere of the fans can give his side a needed boost. He said: 

“We need that more than ever. I think our players deserve all the support that people can give – fantastic guys, fantastic group, fighting against every adverse episode that we’ve had since the beginning of the season – and arriving in this moment, in this position, in the Champions League, in the Premier League, after so much work and so much effort, to arrive in this situation now for a crucial period of the season, I would say the boys don’t just need… the boys deserve more than ever the support of our stadium.”



Mourinho hasn’t won Europe’s biggest crown for nearly a decade but this last-16 tie should bring out the best in him and his side: 

 



Five minutes to go until kick off. Tottenham have a new look forward line with Leipzig struggling in defence. Who’ll come out on top? Jose or Julian? Tottenham or Leipzig? 

Tottenham vs RB Leipzig is up next…

KICK OFF



Tottenham 0 – 0 Leipzig

Kick off: Leipzig get the match underway, they work the ball up the left wing before sending it to Schick in the middle. He takes a couple of attempts to control the ball and manages to bring it down and shoot but the shot goes wide.



Tottenham 0 – 0 Leipzig

3 mins: Werner denied by Lloris! Leipzig have started the match rapidly. Angelino gets forward on the left wing overlap, he collects the ball and tries to squeeze it into the net on the near post but Lloris gets a leg to the shot and it rebounds off the post. 

The visitors regain the ball and switch it out to the right. Laimer picks it up in the box and squares it to Werner who takes a touch and fires a shot from close range at Lloris who puts his body in the way to make the save. 

Werner was offside though so the goal wouldn’t have stood. 

PREVIEW

What time is Tottenham vs Leipzig?

The match kicks off at 8pm at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be shown on BT Sport 2 for UK subscribers. Viewers can also access coverage via the BT Sport App.

Predicted line-ups

Spurs: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Lo Celso, Winks, Alli, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Lucas

Leipzig: Gulacsi, Mukiele, Klostermann, Ampadu, Halstenberg, Angelino, Laimer, Sabitzer, Olmo, Nkunku, Werner 

Prediction

Tottenham have ground out some good results recently and Jose Mourinho is a master at stifling dangerous attacks in Europe. Expect a cagey contest. 0-0.



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Tottenham vs Leipzig LIVE: Result and Champions League final score



Tottenham host RB Leipzig for a tricky test in the Champions League round of 16, and without key personnel after Son Heung-Min‘s arm injury ruled out the South Korean for at least two months to see him join Jose Mourinho’s injury list with captain Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela. 

Leipzig are flying under Julian Nagelsmann this season, and despite a recent wobble they remain only one point behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. Liverpool target Timo Werner is in prolific form as the league’s second-highest scorer while Swedish forward Emil Forsberg is also flourishing. 

Who will take the upper hand in the tie tonight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? Find out with live updates below:






Leipzig deservedly beat Spurs to seize the initiative in this Champions League tie that left Jose Mourinho with more questions than answers:  

 



Timo Werner’s penalty was the least the visitors deserved and Spurs now have it all to do when the second leg comes around in Germany: 

 



The Leipzig team stay out on the pitch and applaud the visiting fans for their support. Spurs were poor tonight and will feel lucky to only be one goal behind going into the second leg.



Leipzig deserved the win. They were the better side, they dominated possession for 70 minutes or so but Jose Mourinho will be encourged by the final 20 minutes. Spurs threw themselves at the visitors with Lo Celso and Lamela in particular causing problems.

FULL TIME



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

90+5 mins: Ampadu puts in a vital tackle as Bergwijn is free to run into the box. He wins the ball and ends the attack and the game.

Leipzig have the victory in London and they’ll take a one goal advantage back to Germany with them for the return leg in three week time. 



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

90+3 mins: Jose Mourinho applauds his men as the get forward as a unit once more. Leipzig have men back so Harry Winks takes a shot from range. Gulacsi sess it early and makes an easy save.



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

90 mins: Big chance for Lucas Moura! Tottenham work the ball around the box really well. A couple of balls come into the box and are headed away. Ben Davies picks up the ball and whips a cross back in. Moura breaks away from the last defender and the ball reaches him. He just needs to find the goal but instead heads it over the bar. 

5 minutes will be added on.



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

87 mins: Leipzig give away another free kick as Lucas Moura is floored by Halstenberg. The free kick is within shooting range but it’s dead straight. Lamela takes the free kick this time and forces Gulacsi to turn the ball out for a corner. 

Lucas Moura wins the header at the bck post but he isn’t able to control it and the ball glances off his head and out for a goal kick. 



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

84 mins: Forsberg replaces Laimer who never made it back onto the pitch after landing on his shoulder. Spurs have a free kick in Leipzig’s half and Lo Celso takes it again. This time he hits the wall but Spurs are able to recover the ball. 



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

81 mins: Laimer is down holding his left shoulder after a challenge in the middle of the pitch. The Spurs’ fans aren’t best pleased with the amount of time it’s taken for him to get off the pitch for a touch of treatment. 



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

 78 mins: Good defending from Halstenberg as he places himself in between Lucas Moura and the pass into the box from Lo Celso. Moura tries to reach the ball but isn’t able to get past Halstenberg before it goes out for a goal kick. 



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

75 mins: Finally Spurs look alive in the match. They cause a couple of problems with the corner and win back the ball quickly. The fans are urging the players forward. Erik Lamela has had a positive impact since coming onto the pitch. 

He puts a big tackle in on Sabitzer and then makes a run in behind the defence but is judged to be offside. 

YELLOW CARD



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

 72 mins: Lo Celso receives the ball on the edge of the Leipzig box and he is pulled back by Nkunku who is shown a yellow card.

Spurs hve a free kick in a dangerous area, about 25 yards out. Lo Celso drills it to the far corner and Gulacsi gets a fingertip on the shot to touch it onto the post and out for a corner. 



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

69 mins: Spurs look as though they want to be more expansive with this formation but Leipzig are still controlling the flow of the game, especially in midfield. 



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

66 mins: Lucas Moura gives away a free kick in Leipzig’s half as he desperately tries to win back the ball. Spurs look like they’ve switched to a back three with two wingbacks. Moura and Bergwijn are up top and Lamela slotting in on the left hand side. 

SUBS



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

63 mins: Tottenham make a double change as Mourinho looks to shake things up. Lamela and Ndombele come on for Gedson Fernandes and Dele Alli. 



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig

60 mins: More for Jose Mourinho to think about. He won’t want to lose this game but Tottenham haven’t been great int front of goal. 

A pass down the left wing comes to Bergwijn who makes the run in behind the defence. He pulls the ball back to Lo Celso who takes a shot from outside the box that Gulacsi saves!

GOAL!



Tottenham 0 – 1 Leipzig – Werner

58 mins: GOAL! Ice cool from Timo Werner as he smashes the ball low into the bottom left corner. Leipzig take a much deserved lead in the game.

Davies picks up a yellow card for the foul. The aerial ball came into the box and Laimer got to it first and brought it down before getting clattered by Davies. It’s sloppy from Tottenham and they’ve been punished for it. 



Tottenham 0 – 0 Leipzig

56 mins: Penalty! Ben Davies brings down Laimer in the box, it’s a clear penalty to Leipzig!



Tottenham 0 – 0 Leipzig

54 mins: Tottenham defend a corner pretty well and send the ball up to Moura. Spurs have been more proactive at the start of this half but they’re still lacking a touch of creativity when going forward. 

PREVIEW

What time is Tottenham vs Leipzig?

The match kicks off at 8pm at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be shown on BT Sport 2 for UK subscribers. Viewers can also access coverage via the BT Sport App.

Predicted line-ups

Spurs: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Lo Celso, Winks, Alli, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Lucas

Leipzig: Gulacsi, Mukiele, Klostermann, Ampadu, Halstenberg, Angelino, Laimer, Sabitzer, Olmo, Nkunku, Werner 

Prediction

Tottenham have ground out some good results recently and Jose Mourinho is a master at stifling dangerous attacks in Europe. Expect a cagey contest. 0-0.



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Tottenham vs RB Leipzig: Player ratings from the Champions League



Tottenham Hotspur’s place in the Champions League is hanging by a thread after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig.

Leipzig started quickly and created a host of chances in the first half, with prolific striker Timo Werner wasting their best chance with a toe-poked shot straight at Hugo Lloris. 

In the second period Leipzig finally got a deserved breakthrough when Ben Davies brought down Konrad Laimer, which Werner buried low past Lloris. 


Spurs came back into the game in the latter period, with Giovani Lo Celso particularly influential, but they could not muster an equaliser. 

The two sides meet again in three weeks time where Leipzig will be the favourites to reach the quarter-finals. 

Take a look at how the players rated. 



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Tottenham vs RB Leipzig predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League fixture



Tottenham Hotspur will be without Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko when they take on RB Leipzig in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.

But Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth could be available for selection after missing Spurs’ comeback win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Giovani Lo Celso returned to action at Villa Park following his recovery from a thigh injury. 

Julian Nagelsmann will be without Ibrahima Konate, Willi Orban and Tyler Adams for Wednesday’s tie. 


Dayot Upamecano is also suspended, meaning Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu may have to step up for the visitors. 

Here is everything you need to know:

When is the match?

The match kicks off at 8pm at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be shown on BT Sport 2 for UK subscribers. 

Viewers can also access coverage via the BT Sport App.

Team News

Spurs will be without talisman striker Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko, who both have long-term injuries. Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth could return after absences, but are doubts.

Leipzig have a crisis in defence with Ibrahima Konate and Willi Orban ruled out injured and Dayot Upamecano suspended. Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu could feature instead.

Predicted line-ups

Spurs: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Lo Celso, Winks, Alli, Bergwijn, Son, Lucas

Leipzig: Gulacsi, Mukiele, Klostermann, Ampadu, Halstenberg, Angelino, Laimer, Sabitzer, Olmo, Nkunku, Werner 

Prediction

Spurs 2-1 RB Leipzig



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Tottenham vs RB Leipzig prediction: How will Champions League fixture play out?



Tottenham Hotspur welcome RB Leipzig to north London for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday evening.

Jose Mourinho’s side suffered another significant injury blow after Son Heung-min underwent elbow surgery, joining captain Harry Kane as a long-term absentee.

Leipzig have been in tremendous form this season and currently trail leaders Bayern Munich by just one point, with Timo Werner already having scored 20 goals in the Bundesliga this season.


However, Julian Nagelsmann is also having to juggle an injury crisis, with his defence desperately short of options as Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate and Willi Orban all out.

Here is everything you need to know:

When is the match?

The match kicks off at 8pm at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be shown on BT Sport 2 for UK subscribers. 

Viewers can also access coverage via the BT Sport App.

Team News

Spurs will be without talisman striker Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko, who both have long-term injuries. Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth could return after absences, but are doubts.

Leipzig have a crisis in defence with Ibrahima Konate and Willi Orban ruled out injured and Dayot Upamecano suspended. Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu could feature instead.

Predicted line-ups

Spurs: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Lo Celso, Winks, Alli, Bergwijn, Son, Lucas

Leipzig: Gulacsi, Mukiele, Klostermann, Ampadu, Halstenberg, Angelino, Laimer, Sabitzer, Olmo, Nkunku, Werner 

Prediction

Spurs 2-1 RB Leipzig



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