Tottenham’s troubles continue as Leipzig romp to Champions League victory

Brian Jeeves

RB Leipzig 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
(RB Leipzig won 4-0 on aggregate)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR’S troubled campaign continued as German Bundesliga title contenders, RB Leipzig, romped to victory in their UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen, second-leg tie at the Red Bull Arena.

Spurs arrived in Germany already a trailing and within twenty minutes the contest was effectively over thanks to a brace from Marcel Sabitzer.

There was no way back for toothless Tottenham. Substitute, Emil Forsberg, rubbed salt into the wound with a late third for the home side. Spurs chief, Jose Mourinho, pulled no punches with his post-match reaction.

“Of course, the best team won,” Mourinho bemoaned.

Physicality, intensity, winning counter-attack, winning duels. A really top team in the top of condition, with their best players, with a bench full of quality against a team that is in trouble.

“You could see, I don’t need to repeat the same things again. We have lots of problems and it is really, really difficult.

“Yesterday I was very positive but that is the way I have to be. There is no point before the game not to believe and not to be optimistic. That is the way we have to be before every competition, but the reality is a different thing.

“One team at this moment is much stronger than we are. It is difficult and they deserve to get to the quarter-final.”

Spurs now turn their attention back to the Premier League, facing Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, March 14 (4:30pm).

RB Leipzig: Gulács, Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg, Mukiele (Adams 56’), Sabitzer (Forsberg 87’), Laimer, Angelino, Nkunku (Haidara 59’), Schick, Werner Subs not used: Poulsen, Lookman, Olmo, Mvogo

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Tanganga, Aurier (Fagan-Walcott 90+1’), Winks, Lo Celso, R Sessegnon, Lamela, Lucas Moura (Gedson 80’), Alli Subs not used: Vertonghen, Gazzaniga, Ndombele, Skipp, Parrott

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande

Attendance: 42,146


Brian Jeeves