OPPONENTS RB Leipzig at Red Bull Arena
COMPETITION Champions League  - Round of 16 Second Leg
DATE Tuesday 10th March 2020
PREVIEW We saw fro the first leg that RB Leipzig are one of the top sides in Germany and the reason is that their movement and quick passing of the ball makes it very difficult for opposition sides to get into the game.  With positions just a hint at where players might fit into a system ,their fluidity made it difficult for Tottenham to pick up players that could have seen us 0-3 behind inside the first couple of minutes.

Not that it is all pretty pretty football.  Sabitzer and Angelino work hard to win the ball and then get it into side positions or pick a pass through the middle of the defence for Werner or Schick (or Poulsen or Lookman).  Itis the movement and speed of passing that caught Spurs out and hopefully, they will be ready for it this time, but the lack of resources means that those who played 120 minutes against Norwich City and then at Burnley on Saturday will probably have to feature.  It will mean we might be light on experience on the bench, but it could open opportunities for younger players to make a name for themselves.  Mourinho might be forced into trying out different options should we pick up any more injuries during the game.

We don't know how good the Leipzig keeper Gulacsi is, as he was rarely tested at the home match and the defence had a relatively easy time of it allowing them tog et forward.  Upamecano is back from suspension at the back and RB won't be far off full strength, so can give it 100% to add to their first leg lead.

Spurs can't keep a clean sheet, which, even if they concede one, means they have to score three and while last season's last minute antics aren't too far away, it seems like a lifetime and the side is much changed since the heady days of the win over Ajax on aggregate.  Tottenham have struggled to get this far really, making heavy weather of a group they should have comfortably been second in.  To go further might be a step too far for the injury hit squad at the moment.

PREDICTION RB Leipzig    2        Tottenham Hotspur    0
Steven Bergwijn has been added to the ever-growing injury list with a sprained ankle.  Moussa Sissoko is recovering from knee surgery, Harry Kane from an operation on his hamstring and Heung-Min Son has had his broken arm set.  Also Ben Davies now has an aggravated hamstring injury, thus further depleting the squad for this match, with Juan Foyth's groin injury preventing him from travelling too.

Willi Orban is still out with a knee injury and although there are doubts over Timo Werner, who sat out Saturday's 0-0 draw at Wolfsburg, it was only a precaution and Konate's hamstring and Kampl's  ankle may be more of a worry to the manager Nagelsmann.


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Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg Kick off 20:00
RB Leipzig  3 (2)  
(Win 4-0 on agg)
Tottenham Hotspur  0 (0)

Sabitzer  09m 44s
Sabitzer  20m 53s
Forsburg  86m 43s



Crowd :   42,146 Weather :  Mild
Referee :  Carlos del Cerro (SPA) Assistant Referees :  Juan Carlos Yuste (SPA); Roberto Alonso Munuera (SPA)
Fourth Official :  Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (SPA)  
Video Assistant Referee :  - (SPA) Video Assistant Referee Assistant :  Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea (SPA)
UEFA Delegate :  Bert Andersson (SWE) UEFA Referee Observer :  Alain Hamer (LUX)
Spurs kicked off and played towards the Sektor B end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 9 minutes.
Laimer (foul on Lamela) 50
Sabitzer (foul on Dele) 71



Sessegnon (foul on Mukiele) 34
Winks (foul on Sabitzer) 45+1
Tanganga (foul on Werner) 68
Dele (foul on Angelino) 70


RB Leipzig : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Peter GULACSI


22  Nordi MUKIELE  (14  Tyler ADAMS  56)
7  Marcel SABITZER    (c)       (10  Emil FORSBERG    86)
27  Konrad LAIMER     

18  Christopher NKUNKU  (  8  Amadou HAIDARA  59)
21  Patrik SCHICK
11  Timo WERNER

Unused subs: 
  Yvon MVOGO
25  Dani OLMO
17  Ademola LOOKMAN
9  Yussuf POULSEN

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

39  Japhet TANGANGA     

24  Serge AURIER  (64  Malachi FAGAN-WALCOTT  90+1)
  8  Harry WINKS     
18  Giovani LO CELSO  (30  Gedson FERNANDES  80)
19  Ryan SESSEGNON     

27  Lucas MOURA
11  Erik LAMELA

20  DELE Alli      

Unused subs: 
28  Tanguy NDOMBELE
  Oliver SKIPP


Manager :  Ralf Nagelsmann Manager :  Jose Mourinho
Sponsor :   Red Bull Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Nike Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

Tottenham's Champions League campaign ended with a whimper and the 0-3 defeat by RB Leipzig might be the last time we see the Champions League banners around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time, with a qualifying place through the Premier League looking unlikely now.  Shorn of key players, it was never going to be easy, but the resistance put up against the German side did little to keep Spurs in the competition.

With Davinson Sanchez pulling out at the last minute, there was a place on the bench for Malachi Fagan-Walcott, the promising Under-23 central defender.

When the game started, Hugo Lloris failed to come out and deal with a long ball through, leaving Dier put the ball out of play as he tried to get it back to his keeper inside the first ninety seconds, but nothing came from the corner. It wasnít a great start and perhaps showed the nervousness among the players. Coversely, Spurs were better going forward. Lucas was just back on his heels when Lamela tried to find him with a through pass and then Dele to the ball past Angelino and put a ball across the box that Lamela couldnít quite reach. RB Leipzig broke quickly, moving the ball across the pitch and it came to Angelino in the box to have a shot that Aurier blocked. When they next attacked, Dier stood up to Wernerís shot that struck him in the chest, but the ball came to Sabitzer on the edge of the D and while his shot didnít have a great deal of pace on it, Lloris got a hand to it as he dived to his right, but couldnít stop it nestling in the bottom corner of the net. An initial ball down the RB right caught Alderweireld struggling for pace and the younger legs created the situation the led to  the goal. It was a big blow when the team were looking decent going forward and it left them needing two goals to go through if they didnít concede again.

Everyone goes on about how wonderful it is that RB Leipzig have reached this stage of the competition and how the manager Nagelsmann is doing a great job, but they are not so naÔve as to know when to produce a foul to stop Spurs breaking away. Deleís neat back-heel set Lo Celso up in the centre circle brought a cynical foul from Upamecano and that was his third of the game inside 15 minutes. Lo Celso won the ball in the centre of the pitch and made a good run to pass right for Aurier to play a good low ball across the face of goal and caused a hurried clearance from Angelino. Leipzig were first to the ball again and switched play to Angelino on the left. His low ball across the face of the box was turned in by Werner, but he was goal-side of Sessegnon and it was ruled out.

A couple of minutes later, Aurier got caught under a diagonal cross-field ball and Angelino got away space to pick a pacy cross to the near post where Sabitzer headed it goal-wards. Lloris once more got down to it but could only parry it onto the post and in, although he did try to pull it out a la Roy Carroll, but with goal-line technology, you canít get away with that now. Every attack was channelled down our right, with Aurier not getting close enough to Angelino, who was becoming the main tormentor for Leipzig and with three goals needed now, it was looking increasingly dark for the Spurs side. It didnít help when Spurs broke from a RB corner and Lamela was robbed of the ball when players were coming up to support him. The same happened with Moura losing the ball without many options when he moved forward from the halfway line with the ball.

Spurs werenít helping themselves when Ryan Sessegnon have it straight to Werner and then Schick shrugged off a Winks challenge to return the ball for Werner to shoot, but this time it was saved by Hugo. It seemed like Leipzig were firs tot every loose ball and then moved it so quickly that Tottenham were always chasing it, as they were the game.

While little was done to counter the threat down our right, every time Spurs looked to go forward, they were outnumbered, with no out ball or option to attack the home defenders. The ball kept coming back time and time again, even when Upamecano gave the ball straight to Spurs, he won it back, with Lo Celso having little chance to find a team-mate. On the other hand, RB always seemed to have a spare man to receive the ball, with Spurs players not picking up the man in space. 

It took 42 minutes to have a shot on target. Aurier played a little ball inside from the right wing to Lo Celso, who turned his man and shot left-footed to curl it towards the far post, but Gulacsi got down to parry it away and Moura couldnít get to the loose ball and Upamecano brought the ball away to the halfway line. Spurs had escaped further punishment when Schick and Werner got in each otherís way leaving the ball to be cleared. They also escaped just before half-time, when the ball got stuck between three or four players around the penalty spot in the Spurs area and Dier cleared, but straight off Schick and Lloris had to stretch left to save it.

It has been perfectly clear for a long time now that we cannot keep a clean sheet and it would always be difficult with such a sharp and mobile attack as Leipzigís, but the nature of the two goals was a little embarrassing in the way they were created. Sloppy play and Spurs players not being alert enough made the goals as much as RBís good play.

The second half saw Tottenham a little more offensive, maybe as Leipzig took their foot off the pedal, but as soon as possession was lost, the German side quickly moved forward in transition. When Spurs looked to get at the home teamís defence, there were few passes on and lots of white shirts back behind the ball. Our set-pieces were looking the most likely way back into the match, but the delivery from them was poor. Aimless or incomplete passes only handed the initiative to RB and that lack of a focus for the attack like Leipzig have made it difficult to get any threat up front. That caused a rash of yellow cards, as both sets of players settled scores in their personal battles.

A chink of light came when Winks broke up a move when Schick found nowhere to go and ran the  ball then passed to Dele, who turned it left for Moura to run at Upamechano. Driving into the box, he pulled it back to Dele, who couldnít get a shot away as two men closed on him.

The game had died a bit until Upamecano ran forward with the ball from the halfway line and went for the return, but Lloris got there first and then Tanganga got to Upaemcano, knocking him over and seemingly out, as he needed a bit of treatment before he could continue. A minute later, it was confirmed what we had known for a while, Spurs were on their way out. Aurier allowed Angelino to waltz past him and his low ball into the box was mis-kicked, Sessegnon got a bloc in and the ball ran kindly for Forsberg to put it past Lloris from ten yards out, just 40 seconds after he had been brought on as a substitute. It was an untidy goal, but not one that looked like Spurs would be able to capitalise on should they have caused anything like that confusion in the oppositionís box.

With the game gone, Mourinho brought on Malachi Fagan-Walcott for the time added on to give him some first team experience. A lot of the team had given up by then, as they didnít seem to want to put too much effort into getting the ball, while others were still putting a foot in. A five on three break didnít even look like coming to anything, as players werenít making runs to stretch the three white shirts and Gedson ended up having a shot from 20 yards that didnít trouble the keeper.

With half the team missing through injury, it was important to make the most of any possession we had, but poor control, simple passes mis-placed and lack of movement condemned Spurs to a knock- out that really came from the first legís loss. In fact, Tottenham were fortunate that Leipzig were loose in their finishing,  otherwise the score-line could have been a great deal heavier.

The lack of cohesion between the lines and the lack of communication made it look like they had just been thrown into the same side without any prior knowledge of each other. Play broke down too often, with accusing looks thrown in the direction of the player thought to have not done what the other wanted. Without everyone pulling together, the season will end up with some wanting to leave instead of fight to get the club back where they have been in the last few years. Itís easy for them, as they can just up and move on, but they should be fighting to make things right, not for the right to move away.

It is looking unlikely that Spurs will get Champions League football next season, with Harry Kane already being linked in the media with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid, so the break-up of the team that Trippier and Eriksen started will speed up with new faces needed to change the  way the team are operating.

Itís going to be a hard road to the end of the season, which might be only nine games, but nine of the most important games we have faced for a long while.

Spiky Mikey

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How the players did
Hugo Lloris Looked as though the first two goals were saveable.  The twinge that Hugo suffered at Burnley may have indicated that he wasn't 100% and the uncertainty he showed in not sweeping behind the defence might have been a remnant of his groin injury.
Japhet Tanganga Did OK, but took a booking when Werner spun him.  Tough to play in the side that lacks confidence at the moment.
Toby Alderweireld Solid when facing the play, but when caught on the turn,
Eric Dier Did well until later on in the game, when he seemed to lose heart. 
Harry Winks Tried hard, but didn't get very far, with few options available.  Got frustrated and picked up a booking for a retaliatory foul.
Serge Aurier At fault for the second goal by not getting into a position where he could clear the ball instead of letting Angelino in, which happened too often.  Looked more effective going forward, but defensively left Tanganga exposed.
Giovani Lo Celso Most of the good work went through Gio and he seems to be the focus of the Spurs team at the moment, but without runners to find, his work is unable to bear fruit.
Ryan Sessegnon Tried hard, but the system didn't really give him much chance to get forward.  Booked harshly for an accidental challenge.
Erik Lamela Ran at the Leipzig defence, but often straight into players.  Shrugged off the ball too easily and wasn't always making the best runs off the ball.
Lucas Moura Another hard game for Lucas, with RB defenders swarming all over him when he looked like setting off on a run.
Dele Alli Frustrated with the service, the team's efforts and himself.  Not a night to remember, as he ran without any reward.
Gedson Fernandes Came on to add a bit of energy, but too late to salvage the tie.  Angered Dele by shooting instead of passing to him.
Malachi Fagan-Walcott Had a couple of touches and the experience will stand him in good stead.
Paulo Gazzaniga Unused.
Jan Vertonghen Unused.
Tanguy Ndombele Unused.
Oliver Skipp Unused.
Troy Parrott Unused.


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Other scores during this Round of 16 First leg matches :
Valencia (SPA) 3 Atalanta (ITA)  (win 4-8 on agg) 4 Tuesday 10.03.20
Liverpool 2 Atletico Madrid (SPA) (aet : 1-0 at 90 mins; win 4-2 on agg) 3 Wednesday 11.03.20
Paris Saint Germain (FRA)  (win 2-1 on agg) 2 Borussia Dortmund (GER) 0 Wednesday 11.03.20
Juventus (ITA) - Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) - Tuesday 17.03.20
Manchester City - Real Madrid (SPA) - Tuesday 17.03.20
Barcelona (SPA) - SS Napoli (ITA) - Wednesday 18.03.20
Bayern Munich (GER) - Frank Lampard's Chelsea - Wednesday 18.03.20


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