Opinion: Five things we learned from Spurs’ 3-0 Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig

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Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 3-0 defeat against RB Leipzig in Germany tonight, losing the overall tie 4-0 on aggregate.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the game:

Spurs are out –

Despite playing in the Champions League final just last season, Spurs have failed to even make the quarter-finals this season. They exit Europe with a whimper, suffering the same fate this season that they inflicted on Borussia Dortmund last year.

Lo Celso pivotal – 

If Tottenham achieve anything close to the top four in the Premier League this season, Lo Celso will be at the heart of it. He is consistently performing at a level far above his teammates and that showed tonight when Mourinho decided to take him off and rest him despite Spurs chasing the game.

Academy at work again –

A thin silver lining tonight, Mourinho gave yet another academy player his debut in the Champions League, teenager Malachi Fagan-Walcott. The young central defender came on and covered at right-back for the last six minutes of the match. One for the future?

Sessegnon disappointing – 

Watching Ryan Sessegnon at Fulham, his trademark was bombing up and down the left-hand side, beating players, using his explosive pace. We have never seen that at Spurs. He always looks scared to put the afterburners on, as if he is constantly playing within himself. Wing-back should have been made for him tonight but he barely threatened them.

Hugo is over the hill – 

He is still a good keeper, but it may be fair to say that Hugo Lloris is no longer great. Perhaps it is harsh, but I would expect a Tottenham keeper to save one, if not both of those first two Leipzig goals tonight. Instead, the tie was dead before the 25-minute mark.

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