Tottenham Hotspur will be playing hosts to RB Leipzig for the first leg of the Round of 16 tie in the UEFA Champions League. Spurs finished at the second spot in Group B to reach the knockouts for the third consecutive season. Meanwhile, Leipzig occupied the top spot in Group G to reach the knockouts for the very first time in history. Both clubs have some of their key players missing which will play a big role in the two-legged tie.
Date- Thursday, February 20
Kick-Off- 1:30 AM (IST)
Venue- Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
As mentioned earlier Harry Kane and Heung Min Son are on the sidelines due to a long-term injury. Moussa Sissoko also misses out for the hosts due to the same reason. Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth should be assessed prior to the game having missed the 3-2 win against Aston Villa over the weekend. Ben Davies could retain his spot at left-back, while Jose Mourinho could even opt for Japhet Tangana for squad rotation.
Julian Nagelsmann will be without the services of first-team defenders Willi Orban and Ibrahima Konate due to injury, while, Dayot Upamecano is undergoing suspension. There is a possibility of Nordi Mukiele dropping in defence alongside Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann. Tyler Adamas and Kevin Kampl are also ruled out for the away side, Marcel Sabitzer could be made available at wing-back, while, Amadou Haidara should start alongside Konard Laimer in midfield.
TOT (Expected Playing 11)- Lloris; Davies, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier; Celso, Winks, Ndombele; Bergwijn, Alli, Moura
LEP (Expected Playing 11)- Gulacsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Halstenberg; Sabitizer, Haidara, Laimer, Angelino; Nkunku, Werner, Polsen
Dele Alli’s role on the attack becomes all the more important in the absence of Kane and Son for Spurs. Alli has seven goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 76.6% from 1573 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Timo Werner has been pivotal in the final third for RB Leipzig. Werner has 20 goals in the Bundesliga as well as three goals and an assist in from six appearances in the Champions League this season.
Lucas Moura is another individual who can pack a punch while leading the attack for Tottenham. The Brazilian international has four goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 74.2% in the Premier League this season.
Marcel Sabitizer has bagged two goals, two assists and has a pass accuracy of 82% from just 450 minutes in the Champions League this season for Leipzig.
A draw seems to be the likely outcome.
Goalkeeper– P Gulasci
Defenders- S Aurier, T Alderweild, L Klostermann, M Halstenberg
Midfielders- S Bergwijn, D Alli (VC), C Nkunku, M Sabitizer
Forwards- L Moura, T Werner (C)
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