RB Leipzig manager makes prediction ahead of Champions League clash with Spurs

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RB Leipzig boss, Julien Nagelsmann, is confident that his side can finish the job they started a couple of weeks ago in North London. They welcome Tottenham to the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

The Lilywhites have a mountain to climb heading to Germany after Timo Werner’s penalty gave Leipzig a crucial away goal.

Jose Mourinho set Spurs up to defend deep and hit their opponents on the counter in the first leg, a strategy that failed to work for the majority of the encounter.

However, Spurs posed a much bigger threat in the final half-hour of the game as they played on the front foot and took the game to their opponents.

Nagelsmann believes Tottenham will defend deep on Tuesday, just as they did in the first leg.

Speaking to Bundesliga.com, he said: “I think that they will defend the same way like in the previous match because they have to score goals.

“Perhaps we will get a bit more space to create our own goals, but it’s important to defend the counter-attacks of Tottenham because they are very good at counter-attacks.”

The 32-year-old has backed his side to play the same way and progress to the quarterfinals of the competition.

Nagelsmann added: “At the end, I hope we will start the game the same way like we did in Tottenham and then we’ve got a good chance to go in the next round.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The one thing we cannot afford to do in this game is to concede an early goal and give ourselves even more work to do. I believe Jose will look to keep things tight at the back before unleashing an assault on the Leipzig goal in the final 20 to 30 minutes of the game. I am not convinced we are good enough defensively to keep them at bay for too long.

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