Let’s be honest here. Spurs were second best throughout and this time did not have a Son or a Kane to lift the team.
Of course, it’s only a goal deficit and the tie is not over. However, it would require a miracle similar to that conjured up in Amsterdam last season in order for Spurs to progress to the quarter-finals.
What was worrying was the sight of Dele Alli, angry and sulking after being substituted for a subdued performance. Where was the fight Mourinho talked about in the press conference?
Realistically, Spurs are more or less out and will have nothing to lose in Leipzig except pride. What solutions are available to Mourinho in the interim period with crucial Premier League and FA Cup matches ahead.
It really boils down to negligence on the part of Daniel Levy as I have said before. His failure to buy strikers in January will definitely cost us dearly in the final analysis. Poor job.
Do Spurs fans still believe in miracles? We shall see!
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!
Spurs’ defensive woes are well documented in the last year or so and we have managed to paper over the cracks perhaps due to the goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. But now that it’s confirmed that both are out for the rest of the season, does this mean, season over for Spurs?
Hard not to draw that conclusion. First up to test this proposition is RB Leipzig who are flying at the moment in the Bundesliga. Irony is that while Spurs have no recognised strikers for the game, Leipzig will have no recognised centre backs available!
Does that even things out as far as the match prospects go? I believe in this instance it’s going to be down to home ‘advantage’ – the Spurs fans have got to make the atmosphere unbearable for Leipzig and spur (pun intended) the team on to victory.
So, what does Mourinho do in Sonny’s absence? Who steps up to the plate? Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura have the speed and power to threaten most defences and Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso – on their day – have the guile. Surely these four players will have to carry the weight in the absence of Kane and Sonny.
Many have shouted out for Troy Parrott. But surely, he’s not ready. And it’s wishful naive thinking to believe that he is. C’mon, let’s be real. Therefore, I suspect that the line-up might be something like – Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Lo Celso, Dele, Moura, Bergwijn.
Predictions? 1-0 to the Spurs.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!
RB Leipzig v FC Schalke 04 – Bundesliga
Julian Nagelsmann by Ronny Hartmann