As it happened: Precocious Leipzig youngsters leave Mourinho's men with sizeable task in the second leg
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FT: Spurs 0-1 Leipzig

A late resurgence from Spurs ultimately accounted for precious little with the one-goal deficit inflicted by Timo Werner's second-half penalty leaving Mourinho's men with a sizeable task in the second leg at the Red Bull Arena.
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Spurs chance

89: Moura heads over from Davies' looped cross in what will surely be Tottenham's final clear-cut chance.
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Leipzig substiution

83: Emil Forsberg replaces the injured Konrad Laimer for Leipzig.
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77: Atmosphere levels are cranking up here at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Erik Lamela's vibrant impact off the bench has no doubt played its part.
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75: The pendulum has swung in favour of the hosts, with Lo Celso's free-kick proving there is still life in this match for Mourinho's men. 
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Leipzig substitution

74: Christopher Nkunku comes off for Amadou Haidara.
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73: Gulacsi fingertips a devilishly-whipped Lo Celso free-kick onto the right post.
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Tottenham substitutions

65: Delle Alli and Gedson Fernandes are replaced by Tanguy Ndombele and Erik Lamela. It's fair to say the English midfielder was not best pleased.
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Leipzig chance

62: Werner mystifies Alderweireld with a dummy over Angelino's through ball, though the onrushing Patrik Schick is unable to place the ball past Lloris.
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61: Bergwijn cuts back for Lo Celso, who tests Gulacsi with a firm strike from distance.
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Leipzig goal!

58: Werner breaks the deadlock with an unerring finish down to Lloris' right. Thoroughly deserved.
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Leipzig penalty!

56: Laimer brings down Werner's chipped through ball onto his chest in the penalty area, with Ben Davies then clattering recklessly into the Leipzig midfielder. Spot-kick for the visitors.
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55: Leipzig picking up from where they left off in the second half, dominating possession.
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52: Nkunku blazes over from a free-kick in a promising area for the visitors.
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49: Gulacsi reacts late to a deceptive cross from Serge Aurier on the right flank.
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We're back underway in North London

45: The second half begins.
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HT - Spurs 0-0 Leipzig

It's a damning marker of the Spurs performance that it is they - the hosts - who will relish the fact that it remains goalless at the interval.

Leipzig have dominated proceedings in North London, offering a persistent threat in the final third with the pace of Werner and physical frame of Patrik Schick, while Angelino and Mukiele have impressed in their surges down the flanks.

Nevertheless, Spurs are still very much in the game, and will simply have to ensure their opportunities materialise into something substantial in the second half.

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39: Fernandes delivers an exquisite cross from the right flank in towards Dele Alli, who is unable to match the height of the ball.
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Leipzig chance

36: Laimer pokes through to Werner, who - through on goal - toepokes straight down the throat of Lloris. Big chance gone begging.
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30: Leipzig seem too sharp, too slick for this clunky Spurs outfit.
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21: Counter-attacks have been sporadic from the hosts with Leipzig seizing complete control of possession.  They badly miss the focal point of Harry Kane, and the pace of Heung-Min Son in behind.
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17: Schick goes close again as his header from the Leipzig corner bounces perilously close to the inside of Lloris' post.
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12: Leipzig enjoying a sustained spell possession.
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8: Lo Celso slips Bergwijn in behind the Leipzig defense with a guileful through ball, with the Dutchman cutting inside and testing Gulacsi with a low, curling strike.
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5: Spurs settle.
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Electric start from Leipzig

2: Angelino's effort rebounds off Lloris onto the post, as Leipzig heap pressure onto the hosts in the opening stages in North London.
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And we're off!

1:Patrik Schick gets the two sides underway, and volleys whiskers wide seconds later.
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Leipzig team news

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Spurs team news

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Tottenham have only played a German team once at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium - a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern earlier in the season.

Before that, they faced Dortmund as their previous German club in the round of 16 last year, who they breezed past 4-0 on aggregate in their run to the Champions League final

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Mourinho on tonight's opponents

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Spurs boss issues rallying cry to fans

Although Liverpool's inadequacy dominated the headlines, the importance of the raucous atmosphere at the Wanda Metropolitano yesterday could not be overstated as Diego Simeone's men halted the Liverpool juggernaut with a diligent 1-0 victory.

It is an environment Mourinho has urged Spurs fans to emulate tomorrow as his side plot their path into the quarter-finals. 

"We need that [the atmosphere] more than ever," Mourinho told the Tottenham Hotspur media in his pre-match press conference.

"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."

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Tottenham to honour 80th birthday of former striker Jimmy Greaves

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Mourinho's bizarre analogy

Referring to the peaks and troughs of his spell at Spurs and the Son Heung-Min injury, Mourinho told the BBC: "When we arrived we were on the minus 12th floor, we got the stairs and we start climbing. But immediately, in the beginning, the stairs, they broke."

"We found a way, we started climbing - lots of work, lots of effort. And when we are arriving on the fourth floor, somebody came and took the stairs away. So now we are in trouble."

He continues, raising his arms in desperation: "Now we are with our arms, in the balcony, on the fourth floor. And now we have two options: one is to give up and fall, another way is to fight with what we have - no stairs, but arms."

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Tactical battle promises to spike interest

Although both teams enter tonight's fixture as considerably weakened forces compared to the ones that graced the group stages - namely due to the unavailability of Upamecano, Konate, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane - the contrast in philosophies between Nagelsmann and Mourinho guarantees a spectacle for those with an eye for tactics.

Typically, a Mourinho side would drop deep into a low block and surrender possession against a high-pressing side like Leipzig, and then look to pounce on the counter-attack. 

However, so far anyway, the two-time Champions League winner's spell at Tottenham has bucked many tactical trends, with Spurs adopting somewhat of a gung-ho approach in a number of high-scoring matches - albeit inadvertently.

Yet Mourinho remains adamant that his side must improve defensively, and - with the absence of Son, Lamela, and Kane blunting spurs offensively - tonight may well be the night he puts his stamp on this Spurs side as they revert to a more withdrawn methodology.

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RB Leipzig striker Youssuf Poulsen spoke about his excitement for tonight's game to

"It will definitely be an exciting game. Spurs reached the final last year. We know that they're a really good team.

"We'll do everything we can to progress. We need to be on top form on Wednesday evening."

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Poulsen also said that he loves the feeling of hearing the Champions League anthem:

"Even if I have played a few European games, I always get goosebumps when I hear the Champions League anthem.

"We're now just looking at the two games we have to play. Anything else is a bonus."

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Timo Werner has undoubtedly become one of the Bundesliga's best goalscorers, challenging Robert Lewandowski with a new style of play for a frontman in the German league.

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Not only is he brilliant in front of goal, but his play is also reliant on his strong pace which he uses to dissect defences and make chances for himself. To show his clinical shooting, he has scoring 20 times in 22 games, and 44% of his shots on target result in a goal.

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Tottenham pulled off a brilliant last-minute win at Villa Park thanks to a goal from Heung-Min Son

Here are the highlights from the game:

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Tottenham's game against Lokomotiv at home ended in a 2-0 win back in the 1970s. Here are the highlights from that game, where Martin Chivers and Chris McGrath were the goalscorers

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Spurs midfielder Harry Winks has spoken about how Heung-Min Son's injury will effect the team

“It’s a massive blow for us, he’s a top player and he’s in such good form at the moment, especially off the back of the weekend, but we’ve got more than enough quality and goals in the side already,” said the England international at a press conference prior to the Leipzig clash

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“We’ve got Erik Lamela coming back from injury as well, which is going to be key for us, so he can obviously contribute, but as much as it’s a massive loss to us, we can’t dwell on it too much because we’ve got such a big game tomorrow."

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First meeting with RB

Tottenham Hotspur have never played Rasenballsport in any competitions, although that is not surprising as the newly formed side that was parachuted to the top by Red Bull was only founded in 2009.

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However, Spurs have played one of the other two sides in the city, Lokomotiv Leipzig, before. The two met in the 1974 edition of the UEFA Cup, where the lilywhites won 2-0 at home and then 2-1 away in East Germany

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RB Leipzig have only won once in their past five games, with a 3-0 victory over Werder Bremen last weekend. They have drawn with Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach and fallen twice at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt.
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Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke to the press about Jose Mourinho prior to Wednesday's game:

"I obviously have a huge amount of respect for him. He's won countless titles and has been responsible for some impressive football. Lots of top players have developed under his management and he has been a massive influence on European football."

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Julian Nagelsmann on both team's injury woes:

"Both teams have injuries to contend with. This evens things out and means the standard will remain the same. We also don't base our game plan around a single player. Reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League was one of our goals, but on Wednesday we want to show the same kind of passion we showed against Bayern. This is the RB Leipzig way and it serves us well."

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Konrad Laimer on Spurs tie

Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer spoke about how he is excited for the game against Spurs in Leipzig's pre-match press conference

"We're really excited for the game. It's a real career highlight to compete in the last 16 of the Champions League and to play in such a phenomenal stadium. As a kid, you always dream of games like this. We know what we want, we know what kind of game we need to play and we will try to do exactly that."

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Jimmy Greaves turns 80

Tottenham Hotspur will mark the anniversary of Jimmy Greaves' 80th birthday at the game.

The club's all-time top scorer joined them for a £99,999 fee from AC Milan in 1961 and netted 266 times in 379 games for the lilywhites, as well as being involved in England's world cup winning squad in 1966.

The front cover of the programme for tonight's game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will honour one of the greatest to have ever played the game.

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Heung-Min Son will be unavailable for tonight's game against RB Leipzig, the South-Korean winger has picked up a fracture to his right arm that will see him sidelined for a couple of weeks
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'Mini Mourinho' has his say

Despite distancing himself from his counterpart's methodologies, Nagelsmann told the Independent that his nickname 'Mini Mourinho' does not bother him as he prepares his Leipzig side for their trip to North London on Wednesday. 

"It's around six years ago now Tim Weise called me 'Mini Mourinho'," the German explains. "We don't have the same philosophy but I don't think it's the worst thing in the world to have a nickname associated with Mourinho."

He continued: "He has managed so many knockout games and knows what to do if his team goes ahead, behind, concedes early, needs a late goal. I love his press conferences.

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Mourinho looking to reclaim his European throne

There was once a time when Jose Mourinho was European royalty. His Champions League success with Inter Milan in 2010 made him one of only three managers to have won the competition with two different clubs after the underdog fairytale with Porto in 2004. He was the 'special one', after all.

To win it again with Spurs would make him the only manager to have tasted Champions League victory with three different clubs, however - after 10 painful years - the title continues to elude him.

His tenures at Real Madrid and Chelsea saw resounding domestic success, but the spell in the Spanish capital was defined by the frustrating tendency to falter in the semi-finals. And at Chelsea, the adventure on the continent was over before it had even begun as Mourinho was sacked in December following a turgid start to the Premier League season.

The 57-year-old's time in Manchester ended in similar turmoil, and - although adorned by a Europa League trophy - his lasting European legacy at Old Trafford be the insipid 2018 exit in the Round of 16 at the hands of Sevilla.

Mourinho has lost his Midas touch. But bringing unprecedented European silverware to the empty cabinets of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would ensure he bows out on a high with his reputation as one of the greatest - if not the greatest - managers to grace the Champions League.


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Newcomers Leipzig will be no pushovers

With an inexperienced coach in Julian Nagelsmann at just 32-years-old, and a young squad lacking any real household names aside from Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer, it would be easy to write off RB Leipzig as they commence their first-ever knockout campaign.

Look a little deeper, though, and it becomes very clear that this Leipzig outfit are a force to be reckoned with. Flying high in 2nd in the Bundesliga, Nagelsmann has evolved what was once a one-dimensional high-pressing side into a well-balanced, flexible team that can deal damage not just out of possession, but when in possession too.

With 20 goals in 22 Bundesliga appearance, it is indeed the aforementioned Werner who grabs not just the headlines, but the attention of Europe's elite with his pace and potency in the penalty area. Behind him is Sabitzer, a goalscoring midfielder in the mold of David Beckham. Konrad Laimer has also impressed in midfield, while the likes of Konate and Upamecano offer protection against counter-attacks with their excellent one-on-one defending skills.

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A chaotic 3-2 win for Mourinho's men last time out

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Leipzig team news

The visitors will be without the suspended centre-back Dayot Upamecano, who joins the injured quartet of Tyler Adams (calf), Kevin Kampl (ankle), Ibrahima Konate (hamstring), and Willi Orban (knee) in the stands.
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Tottenham were dealt a huge blow on Sunday with talisman Heung-Min Son sustaining a fracture to his right arm against Aston Villa. He will undergo surgery later this week. Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth, however, are both in contention to return from their respective groin injuries on Wednesday, though the latter is the bigger doubt.

Harry Kane (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) remain sidelined.

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Kick-off time

Tottenham Hotspur vs RB Leipzig will be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 BST.
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Welcome to's LIVE coverage of the 2020 UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig !

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