Report: Ledley King reacts to Red Bull Leipzig draw in Champions League

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Tottenham legend, Ledley King, believes Tottenham can surpass the current Bundesliga leaders, Red Bull Leipzig, to progress into the quarter-final.

Whilst representing Spurs in Switzerland, he witnessed Tottenham drawn against the German side on their first visit to the Champions League knockout rounds.

Spurs’ potential opponents before the draw also included Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain, Juventus, and Valencia.

The German side qualified for their first-ever experience in the knockout stages after topping Group G with an impressive 11 points.

Not only are Leipzig the current Bundesliga leaders, but they have also shown a free-flowing attacking presence with 42 goals in Germany. Spurs should not underestimate this side.

Jose Mourinho will face the task of going one step further than his predecessor Pochettino by lifting the trophy in Istanbul.

Ledley King believes the appointment of the Portuguese manager and his past achievements can help Spurs see of RB Leipzig.

Speaking to BT Sport after the draw (BT Sport1 Monday, 10:45 am) he said: “It’s going to be a tough task. They’re a good side and they play with a lot of pace and intensity. They’ve been a bit of a surprise package so far. It’ll be tough.

“Going to Germany is tough, and Leipzig are a good side. Having been a club that have been in the Champions League for the last five or six seasons, we can use that experience. I’m quite confident.

“The manager has been there and done that, and he has won the Champions League. His experience will rub off on the players and hopefully help them through.”

Spurs will welcome Julian Nagelsmann and his team to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 19th, before travelling to Leipzig on 10th March.

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Whilst avoiding the European Giants like Barcelona, PSG, and Juventus, Spurs are tasked against one of the best young squads in the competition for the second year in a row. We all saw the struggles against Ajax last season. Julian Nagelsmann has done a brilliant job with RB Leipzig and doing particularly well in the league. However, with Jose Mourinho at the helm, I believe Spurs can progress into the next round.

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