RB Leipzig have announced that they are expecting the second leg of the Champions League round of sixteen tie against Spurs to go agead as normal amidst fears over the spread of the coronavirus.
Tottenham have a mountain to climb heading to Leipzig tomorrow evening after the Bundesliga side turned them over 1-0 in North London a couple of weeks ago.
The East Germans boast an impressive record at the Red Bull Arena this season but Jose Mourinho will be hoping his team can pull off a surprise on Tuesday.
There were fears ahead of the match that it might be played behind closed doors after German Health Minister Jens Spahn suggested that the country could ban public gatherings involving more than 1,000 people (RTE).
Serie A games are already being played behind closed doors due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases being reported in Italy and other European countries including the UK could soon follow suit (BBC Sport).
However, Leipzig have confirmed that whilst they are in dialogue with German health officials, the current plan is for the match to be played in front of a full attendance of supporters which will certainly be welcome news to the North London faithful who are making the trip to Germany.
The club released a statement which read: “We are still in close contact with the health authorities and according to the current status, the normal play of the game with spectators is not endangered.”
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+++ Spielaustragung aufgrund des Corona-Virus aktuell nicht gefährdet +++
Wir sind weiterhin im engen Austausch mit den Gesundheitsbehörden und nach dem aktuellen Stand ist die normale Austragung des Spiels mit Zuschauern nicht gefährdet.
— Die Roten Bullen (@DieRotenBullen) March 8, 2020
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I fear that it might not be too long before authorities will have no choice but to order games to be played behind closed doors. I am not sure that will particularly affect us worse than other teams, as elements of the home support have been pretty toxic in some home matches recently.
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