The absence of many attack pillars made Tottenham not good and had to take a 0-1 home defeat to RB Leipzig in the first leg of the round of 16 Champions League teams.
Without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Mourinho was forced to use a patchwork attack in the reception of RB Leipzig. Two rookie Stegen Bergwijn, Gedson Fernandes are kicked to support the two elder Dele Alli and Lucas Moura.
Home advantage cannot help Tottenham create a good match against the opponent. Within the first 3 minutes of the match, Hugo Lloris’s goal was rocked twice by the visitors’ shots. Lloris’ talent and a little luck helped the host not to concede goals early.
Tottenham struggled against the opponent’s balls and looked forward to the counterattacks based on the speed of Bergwijn and Lucas Moura. The opportunity opened several times but the duo was not sharp enough to bring home the goal.
Hugo Lloris had a hard day when he constantly had to save Spurs after the situations on the visitors’ coherent ball. At the end of the first half, a good opportunity came for Tottenham but Dele Alli also disappointed with a missed header. The first 45 minutes on the pitch closed without Tottenham scoring.
The turning point until the second half took place only about 10 minutes. Defender Ben Davies has an illegal situation with Laimer in the restricted area. Mr. Cuneyt Cakir and the VAR team both agreed to give RB Leipzig a penalty.
From a distance of 11 m, striker Timo Werner is in high form with a dangerous shot. Hugo Lloris guessed in the right direction but couldn’t touch the ball.
Werner is one of the best strikers in Europe today. He has the 26th goal in all competitions for the host club. After the goal, Leipzig still constantly pressured towards the goal of Tottenham. If the strikers are not too extravagant, the Bundesliga representative has created a gap bigger than a goal in front of the host.
Under constant pressure from opponents, Tottenham still found opportunities from fixed situations or climbing phases. However, one day Moura’s performance was low, he could not bring the ball to the goal.
The match ended with a 1-0 victory for RB Leipzig. Tottenham still have a return match in Germany to hold on to hope to win tickets to the Champions League quarter-finals this season.