Mourinho reveals why it was important that he made the trip Germany at the weekend

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Jose Mourinho has revealed why he decided to make the trip to Germany to watch RB Leipzig in action on Sunday.

The Tottenham head coach was pictured at the Allianz Arena running the rule over Tottenham’s round of 16 Champions League opponents while they played out a 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich.

While Bayern dominated proceedings for large parts of the encounter, Julian Nagelsmann’s side also had a few chances on the counter-attack to win the game but failed to convert them.

The draw means that Bayern maintain their one-point lead over Leipzig at the summit of the Bundesliga table.

When asked why he chose not to rest during the winter break, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “The players needed some days off. For their body and soul, they needed a rest. But not for me.

“I think the best way to try and help the team is to work.”

The Portuguese coach also insisted that he was able to pick up a lot of details about Leipzig by watching them up close rather than on television.

When asked why he decided to make the trip to Munich, he added: “It’s very important (to watch Leipzig in person). I can see the small details. Even the warm-ups.

“I can see what TV and video don’t give me. To see the warm-ups and to see what the players do individually.

“Some skills that sometimes during the game are hidden. It’s a different intensity. It’s a different experience. I couldn’t miss the opportunity.”

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Even though Leipzig may are not in the best of form at the moment, we need to be at our best to give ourselves a decent chance of progressing into the quarterfinals. They have a lot of pace on the counter-attack and so we must be careful not to concede any away goals in the first leg.

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