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Chelsea v Tottenham: Premier League – live!

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12.44pm GMT

14 min: Barkley powers his way down the inside right and fires a low diagonal shot wide of the left-hand post. A more-than-decent effort.

12.43pm GMT

13 min: Seems Giroud’s header took a nick off a Spurs player. Another corner. James hits it long. Too long. Goal kick. Ah well, at least this match has finally sparked into life after a slow start.

12.42pm GMT

12 min: Chelsea respond by whisking up the other end, Alonso sliding a glorious pass down the inside left to release Mount, who whistles a shot towards the bottom left. Lloris turns the ball around the post. From the resulting corner, Giroud flashes a header wide left at the near post.

12.40pm GMT

10 min: The first corner leads immediately to the second. Lo Celso’s low delivery is cleared by the first man, but Spurs come back quickly at the home side, Moura dropping a shoulder 20 yards out and slamming a shot towards the bottom left. It’s a fine effort, but well met by Cabellero.

12.39pm GMT

9 min: Bergwijn busies himself out on the left, and earns the first corner of the game off Azpilicueta.

12.37pm GMT

7 min: Rudiger dallies in the midfield and is robbed by Winks, who should really send Moura clear down the left. But his pass is a clunker, and flies out for a goal kick. Shame for Spurs, as Chelsea were light at the back there, and Moura had plenty of grass in front of him.

12.36pm GMT

6 min: A slow, scrappy start to this game, which is why I’ve been droning on about bugger all.

12.34pm GMT

4 min: Spurs have hardly had a touch yet. Maybe they’re pining for the yellow winter ball, which is back in its box for another year, replaced by a white-and-red number. Spring has sprung.

12.32pm GMT

2 min: Alonso crosses from the left. James crosses from the right. Spurs clear without too much fuss. It’s all Chelsea in the opening exchanges, Spurs happy to sit back.

12.31pm GMT

And we’re off! Chelsea get the ball rolling, and ping it around the back for a bit.

12.28pm GMT

The teams are out! Chelsea wear their famous blue, Spurs are in their trademark lilywhite. A derby-day atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. We’re one reggae instrumental away from kick-off.

12.09pm GMT

And now it’s the turn of Frank Lampard. “It’s a big moment for us. We understand how close the battle for fourth is, and it’s a big rivalry anyway. This game always has a lot on it, regardless. Our players need to show something, our home form hasn’t been what we want it to be, we are very honest about that. It’s a time to change that, a good opportunity. Olivier Giroud’s professionalism has been brilliant. He needed some weeks to get fit, and today he is ready, so he gets the nod. We have a squad for a reason, players have to come in and do their jobs. I expected Jose to know how we were going to go, so the match-up is a test, a challenge for us.”

11.54am GMT

BT Sport have a word with the ever-spiky Jose Mourinho. “I cannot demand more than I do in every game, which is to give everything they can give. We have had only two days to prepare but we prepared the best we could. As I was more than expecting, Chelsea come with a system and with Alonso playing, we prepare ourselves tactically for that. And with what we have available, we are going to fight for the points.” As for leaving out Dele Alli? “I am not sure you ask every manager in the Premier League when one player stays out. Do you do the same question for them? For other managers it is normal to leave out any player they want. It looks like to me any time I make a decision of this type, there is always a big story so I prefer not to answer. I think Ndombele can give us creativity, we need a bit of risk, he is in condition to give us a good hour.”

11.41am GMT

Chelsea hand Olivier Giroud his first start in three months. He’s one of four changes to the side that went down at home to Manchester United. Ross Barkley, Mason Mount and Marcos Alonso also step up, taking the places of Michy Batshuayi, Pedro, Willian, and the injured N’Golo Kante.

Meanwhile there’s no room in the starting XI for Tottenham’s bottle-and-boot-juggling malcontent Dele Alli. He drops to the bench, one of three changes made in the wake of the Leipzig defeat. Serge Aurier and Gedson Fernandes also make way; Jan Vertonghen, Tanguy Ndombele and Japhet Tanganga take their places.

11.31am GMT

Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Barkley, Mount, Giroud.
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Abraham, Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Zouma, Emerson Palmieri, Gilmour.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Tanganga, Ndombele, Winks, Lo Celso, Davies, Lucas Moura, Bergwijn.
Subs: Lamela, Dier, Sessegnon, Alli, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Fernandes.

5.50pm GMT

It’s fair to say Chelsea have the upper hand in this fixture: Tottenham Hotspur have won it once in the last 30 years. Look at it another way, though: Spurs have won one of their last two Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge, having triumphed here 3-1 in April 2018. So depending on your cut-off point, and the angle at which you’re holding the prism you’re peering through, Spurs either have a win ratio of 50 percent or a slightly less impressive 3.33 percent. It’s all up to you.

However you want to spin it, this is a big one. When Chelsea did a number on Spurs in north London last December, an eventual finish in the Champions League places looked likely for Frank Lampard’s side. For Spurs, such an end-of-season prize seemed a pipe dream. But Spurs have won three of their last four league games, drawing the other, while Chelsea are without a win in four. And suddenly, having made up eight points in short order, Jose Mourinho is breathing down his old club’s neck. They’re just a point behind!

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Mourinho: Chelsea favourites for top four

Sky Sports - fre, 21/02/2020 - 23:30
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has heaped pressure on former club Chelsea by insisting they remain favourites to finish fourth in the Premier League.

Dele Alli still looking for his role within José Mourinho's Tottenham | Jonathan Liew

Guardian - fre, 21/02/2020 - 22:00

By taking off star playmaker during Champions League game, Tottenham manager risks fracturing his confidence

Perhaps, on reflection, José Mourinho wished it had been Dele’s brother after all. As Dele Alli hurled his water bottle to the ground in fury at being substituted against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night, as first right boot and then left boot were flung off, Mourinho might have been tempted to conclude that his attempts at motivating his star playmaker had not met with unreserved success.

It was Alli, after all, whom Mourinho had singled out during his first press conference in November as one of his most important projects. “Are you Dele or Dele’s brother?” he asked during their first conversation. “OK. Play like Dele. The real Dele.” Now, in the aftermath of a first-leg Champions League defeat, the tone would be slightly different.

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Man City vs Liverpool, north London derby live on Sky

Sky Sports - fre, 21/02/2020 - 18:30
Sky Sports has announced its latest batch of live Premier League fixtures, with Liverpool's title chase and the north London derby both chosen on the April schedule.

José Mourinho breaks into laughing fit over Tottenham injury crisis – video

Guardian - fre, 21/02/2020 - 17:54

José Mourinho says it would be an 'incredible achievement' if Spurs finish in the top four of the Premier League without the injured Harry Kane or Son Heung-min. Kane is expected to be out until March with a hamstring tear, while Son could miss the rest of the season with an arm fracture, leaving Spurs without a recognised striker

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Mourinho: top-four finish with Spurs would be one of my best achievements

Guardian - fre, 21/02/2020 - 17:45
  • Tottenham manager without a recognised striker
  • Mourinho says injury crisis may be the worst in Europe

José Mourinho believes that finishing the season in the Premier League top four would be one of the best achievements of his career as Tottenham struggle through their enduring injury crisis.

As Mourinho prepared for a return to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon after Spurs’ stale Champions League defeat by Leipzig, he again underlined his frustration at the loss of both Son Heung-min, who underwent surgery after fracturing his arm against Aston Villa, and Harry Kane. For Mourinho, a successful season this year may even rank above his second-placed finish with Manchester United in 2018, an achievement he once called “one of the best jobs of my career”.

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Chelsea v Tottenham: match preview

Guardian - fre, 21/02/2020 - 16:46

José Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge hoping to nab Chelsea’s place in the top four. But while Tottenham are a point behind, their push for Champions League qualification has been disrupted by long-term injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Chelsea also have problems. N’Golo Kanté is out and Tammy Abraham is a doubt with an ankle injury. Jacob Steinberg

Saturday 12.30pm BT Sport 1

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Which club will take Manchester City's place in the Champions League?

Guardian - fre, 21/02/2020 - 16:35

The club that finishes fifth in the Premier League may end up in the Champions League next season. Who will step up?

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored

With Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City well clear at the top of the Premier League table, the battle for fourth was going to be a hotly contested affair. Now that City have been banned from Uefa competitions for the next two seasons – pending an appeal – the race has been flung wide open. Providing City’s appeal fails, the teams that finish fourth and fifth in the league will qualify for the Champions League next season. Every club from Chelsea in fourth down to Everton in ninth has a realistic change of making it into the top five. Here we rank the contenders.

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Jose: CL for Spurs would be my best achievement

Sky Sports - fre, 21/02/2020 - 15:53
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho says securing Champions League qualification with their current injury issues would be his best achievement.

Chelsea vs Tottenham preview

Sky Sports - fre, 21/02/2020 - 15:26
Team news, key stats and ways to follow ahead of Chelsea vs Tottenham on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off).

Charlie's Premier League predictions

Sky Sports - fre, 21/02/2020 - 10:38
The full Premier League weekend programme is back after the winter break, and Charlie Nicholas has given us his predictions...

Chelsea vs Tottenham LIVE!

Sky Sports - tor, 20/02/2020 - 17:44

'The result is open': Mourinho on RB Leipzig tie and angry Dele Alli – video

Guardian - tor, 20/02/2020 - 11:44

José Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur find themselves with a tough task ahead after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to RB Leipzig. Mourinho, however, thinks Spurs are capable of producing a comeback when they visit Julian Nagelsmann’s side on 10 March. '1-0 is 1-0,' the Spurs manager said. 'It is not 10-0. The result is open. It is as simple as that. We wouldn’t be first team to lose 1-0 at home and to win the tie away. Why shouldn’t we do it?' Mourinho played down Dele Alli angrily throwing a water bottle and one of his boots to the turf after being taken off midway through the second half. 'I think he was angry with his performance, not with me,' he said. 'I took him off and the team improved'

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Kane leads Greaves' 80th birthday tributes

Sky Sports - tor, 20/02/2020 - 08:38
Harry Kane led the tributes to Tottenham legend and all-time record goal scorer Jimmy Greaves who turned 80 on Thursday.

Spurs beaten by Werner penalty

Sky Sports - tor, 20/02/2020 - 07:41
Tottenham are facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals after they suffered a 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Mourinho: Alli angry with performance

Sky Sports - tor, 20/02/2020 - 07:34
Jose Mourinho insists Dele Alli was angry with his own performance, not the decision to substitute him, after he reacted furiously to being withdrawn during Tottenham's 1-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg loss to RB Leipzig.

José Mourinho says shorthanded Spurs improved after Alli went off

Guardian - tor, 20/02/2020 - 01:13
  • Spurs lose 1-0 at home in Champions League last-16 first leg
  • Mourinho says Tottenham are still capable of winning tie

José Mourinho refused to write off Tottenham’s hope of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals after their defeat by RB Leipzig, insisting that his team’s spirit will give them a chance of overcoming their selection crisis in attack.

Spurs could be without Son Heung-min and Harry Kane for the rest of the season, leaving them desperately short of options, and they played without any strikers against Leipzig. The German team dominated throughout and won the first leg thanks to a second-half penalty from Timo Werner.

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Lack of history no hindrance to RB Leipzig's dominance of Spurs | Jonathan Liew

Guardian - tor, 20/02/2020 - 00:58

Leipzig are a young club with a young manager, Julian Nagelsmann, who has drilled his team to a very high standard

It was the fans that were the most puzzling part. Thousands of them, packed into the north-east corner of the ground, all immaculately bedecked in Leipzig white and red, all loud and fierce and partisan, all of them singing about a club that barely even existed a decade ago. What had so hastily stoked their passion? At what point in their effortless rise through the divisions had these previously unattached men and women decided to commit to this strange new project, essentially hitching their identity to a can of energy drink?

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Tottenham 0-1 RB Leipzig: Champions League last 16 – as it happened

Guardian - ons, 19/02/2020 - 23:37

Leipzig outplayed Spurs as Timo Werner’s second-half penalty gave the upwardly mobile Germans the win and a precious away goal

12.50am GMT

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12.50am GMT

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10.37pm GMT

And so the evening ends with another man-management masterclass from Jose Mourinho. If you squint really hard, and peer between the lines, you may conclude that he’s not totally happy with his lot. Should Chelsea beat Spurs at the weekend, his post-match interview could be the most riotous thing transmitted live on television on a Saturday lunchtime since the days of Tiswas. You’ll join us for that one, yes? See you soon!

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10.30pm GMT

It’s not quite up there with his famous Chelsea-Southampton soliloquy, but Jose Mourinho’s post-match interview is quite something. BT Sport’s Des Kelly tries to get proceedings off to a positive start, asking whether we “saw the real Spurs in the last 20 minutes”. A glance is shot, Mourinho’s steely gaze lingering longer than is strictly comfortable. “Come on. What do you mean by the real Spurs? Come on. Tch. Come on. Let’s be loyal to the boys and tell they did everything they could do. Lamela? You know how many training sessions he made with the team? Zero. Direct from injury to recovering on the pitch with the physios, to 20 minutes of a game in the Champions League. That is our team. You can see it from two perspectives. One perspective is, it’s an amazing group with amazing guys. They try everything. By another side you see how we are in this moment. You look to the other guys, they play with Schick and Werner and Nkunku. Nkunku is tired, come out, there’s Forsberg. Schick is tired, come out, there’s Poulsen. This is our situation, it’s like going to a fight with a gun but without bullets. You can tell me we had luck in some moments. I disagree. We had a great goalkeeper, that is not luck, that is a great goalkeeper. We had our chances and tried everything. I thank the fans. What worries me is,these are our players for the next, I don’t know how many matches. In the next few matches we could see Lucas dead, Bergwijn dead, Lo Celso dead. I am so proud of them. But we are really in trouble. Don’t tell me that Lamela and Ndombele could start the game, because they could not. But I could not be happier to have guys like them with the limitations we have, but here we go! Chelsea are drinking sparkling water with lemon while watching the game on TV, and Saturday morning, thank you very much, we are there again.”

10.13pm GMT

Jacob Steinberg was our man at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening. His verdict is in ... and here it is!

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10.09pm GMT

Hugo Lloris speaks. “I want to stay positive, especially after the last 20 minutes. Obviously if we started the game in the same way, the score would be different. But there is a second leg, we still have a chance. We are still alive. We were a bit more proactive with the ball. But we have to give a lot of credit to Leipzig, they press very high and are a very good team. We have to stay positive, not give up, not try to find excuses, and fight to the end. We are not really happy, but we have to deal with that. Let’s hope we can create another story.” He’s then given the man-of-the-match award, and doesn’t look particularly pleased to receive it. “Er, OK, but I’d have preferred a win.”

10.01pm GMT

Spurs depart for the dressing room looking glum. They were second best for most of that game. The match winner, Timo Werner, was excellent. So was Patrik Schick, though he missed one glorious chance to put Spurs in all sorts of trouble. Tottenham can take heart from the performance of Giovani Lo Celso, who sparkled in attack, and their performance during the last 20 minutes, when Lo Celso and Erik Lamela finally asked a few questions of Leipzig. But they’ve got a big job on in Saxony in three week’s time. The visitors stay on the pitch and celebrate with their fans. After this half-match (© Jose Mourinho) they’re halfway to the quarter finals.

9.55pm GMT

Bergwijn nearly beats Ampadu to a long ball down the middle, but the young Welsh defender holds firm, and that’s that. Spurs have been outplayed at home and are reasonably fortunate to have limited the damage to a single goal. But all is not lost. They’ve been here before. Two words: Ajax Amsterdam.

9.53pm GMT

90 min +4: Lamela is booked for leaving a stiff arm in Sabitzer’s startled coupon.

9.53pm GMT

90 min +3: Bergwijn slips a pass down the inside right, forcing Ampadu into a desperate interception, sliding the ball out for a corner. But Lo Celso’s delivery is overcooked and flies out the other side for a goal kick.

9.51pm GMT

90 min +2: Winks tries to guide a shot towards the top right from the best part of 30 yards. It’s weakly struck and easily snaffled by Gulacsi.

9.50pm GMT

90 min +1: Leipzig knock it around the middle. Sixty seconds fly by.

9.49pm GMT

90 min: Ampadu goes down with cramp. Mukiele needs a couple of swabs up a bloody nose. The clock ticks on. There will be five extra minutes.

9.48pm GMT

89 min: Some pinball on the edge of the Leipzig box. Davies loops a cross in from the left. Halstenberg mistimes his jump, missing the ball and gifting Moura a free header, six yards out. He’s got to work the keeper at the very least, surely, but slaps his header over the bar. What a chance.

9.46pm GMT

87 min: Forsberg and Werner combine well down the left and earn a corner off Alderweireld. Leipzig don’t commit many players upfield, and the set piece is easily cleared.

9.45pm GMT

86 min: The corner is hit deep. Moura does well to rise highest, but can’t get a header on target. A melee, in which a couple of Spurs players fall over. Nobody claims for a penalty.

9.45pm GMT

85 min: Leipzig are beginning to ask for trouble, sitting deep and allowing Spurs to come at them. Moura comes racing down the middle and is upended by Forsberg. A free kick from a central position, 30 yards out. Lamela takes, curling one towards the bottom right. It’s going wide, but Gulacsi turns it around the post anyway. A free corner for Spurs.

9.43pm GMT

84 min: Some space down the right for Aurier, who whips a cross into the mixer. It’s easy meat for Gulacsi.

9.42pm GMT

83 min: Emil Forsberg takes Konrad Laimer’s place.

9.42pm GMT

82 min: Laimer goes down clutching his shoulder. He’ll be replaced. He takes his own sweet time to leave, in the grand clock-management style.

9.40pm GMT

80 min: Halstenberg clearly obstructs Aurier as the Spurs man looked to break clear down the right. No foul, according to the referee. That’s a preposterous decision, and no wonder Jose Mourinho, on the touchline, performs the internationally recognised jig of fury, throwing his arms about, spinning around, effin’ and jeffin’ into the cool night air.

9.38pm GMT

79 min: A lot of frantic nonsense in the midfield. Both teams fully aware of how important the next 11 minutes, plus stoppages, could be.

9.36pm GMT

77 min: Spurs have enjoyed most of the possession during the last ten minutes, so Nagelsmann makes another switch. Yussuf Poulsen replaces Patrik Schick.

9.35pm GMT

75 min: Lamela puts himself about in the Argentinian style, a sly block here, a cheeky clip there. That’s also got the crowd shouting again. Plenty of noise as Spurs look for a precious equaliser.

9.33pm GMT

74 min: Leipzig make their first change of the evening. Christopher Nkunku is replaced by Amadou Haidara.

9.32pm GMT

73 min: Lo Celso curls one towards the top left. It’s a wonderful free kick, sailing in, but it’s tipped onto the post by Gulacsi and out for a corner. Nothing comes of the set piece, but that’s got the crowd going for the first time in ages. Lo Celso has been seriously impressive this evening.

9.31pm GMT

72 min: Lo Celso runs hard at Leipzig again. He’s clearly being tugged back by Nkunku, and earns a free kick, just to the right of the D. Nkunku is booked. A promising position, this, though before the whistle blew for the foul, Lo Celso had Aurier in acres to his right. But this is where we are.

9.29pm GMT

70 min: Leipzig sit back and stroke it around with great confidence. Time is already on their side.

9.27pm GMT

68 min: Lo Celso has been Tottenham’s best player this evening, their only hope in attack. He dribbles elegantly down the inside-right channel, momentarily threatening to tie Leipzig up in knots. But he can’t find the killer pass.

9.26pm GMT

66 min: Dele Alli is seething. But Mourinho had to do something. Here’s Peter Crosby: “Ah Ben Davies. Ah, Serge. We’re back to the glory days of my youth when Dean Austin and Justin Edinburgh were tearing up and down the flanks letting in goals left, right and centre.”

9.24pm GMT

64 min: Spurs make a double change. Off goes Gedson Fernandes and an affronted Dele Alli; on come Erik Lamela and Tanguy Ndombele.

9.22pm GMT

62 min: Leipzig nearly score after a wonderful sweeping move. There’s acres for Angelino down the left. He rolls a pass inside for Werner, who throws Alderweireld off the scent with a sensational dummy, letting the ball roll to Schick, free on the penalty spot. He has to score, but flashes his shot straight at Lloris. Great save, but he should never have been allowed to make it. What a lovely move that was. Werner is living up to his billing.

9.20pm GMT

61 min: A little space for Bergwijn down the left. He drifts inside then checks back and tees up Lo Celso, who pearls a decent strike towards the bottom right from 20 yards. It’s well read and easily gathered by Gulacsi, though.

9.19pm GMT

60 min: Spurs try to bounce back immediately, Lo Celso bursting down the right into space. But there’s nobody near his pullback, and the visitors can clear with ease. There’s a break on, with the livewire Werner romping down the left, but he’s well marshalled away from the danger zone by Sanchez.

9.17pm GMT

Werner, as cool as a pickled cucumber, fires a low penalty into the bottom left. Lloris had guessed correctly, but even at full stretch couldn’t get anywhere near it. A crucial away goal for the Germans.

9.16pm GMT

57 min: Laimer took a bit of a whack. Looks like he’ll be OK, but there’s a pause before Werner can take the spot kick.

9.15pm GMT

56 min: Leipzig stroke it around the back awhile, then suddenly spring forward, triangulating at speed down the right. The ball’s switched to the other flank. Werner glides inside and slips a pass down the middle for Laimer, who takes a touch, enters the box, and is upended by a crude block by Davies. Foul, booking, penalty. No question.

9.12pm GMT

54 min: A simple ball down the middle causes Sanchez all sorts of problems. He heads it straight into the air and back down towards Werner, who accepts the gift and purchases a cheap corner. Nothing comes from the set piece, but after a slow start to the second half, Leipzig are beginning to reestablish their earlier control.

9.11pm GMT

52 min: Nkunku tries to whip one over the wall and into the top left. It’s not a good effort, the ball sailing serenely over the crossbar.

9.10pm GMT

51 min: Schick bursts down the left and is cynically clipped from behind by Aurier. Not exactly sure why the Spurs full-back hasn’t gone into the book, but there we are. It’s a free kick in a dangerous position, though, 25 yards out, just to the left of the D.

9.09pm GMT

50 min: Leipzig loop crosses into the Spurs box from the left and then from the right. The home defence holds firm, though Werner was again buzzing around their heels with great purpose. It’s very odd that this game remains goalless.

9.08pm GMT

48 min: Spurs launch their first meaningful attack of the evening. Aurier swings a low cross in from the right. Moura extends a leg and forces Gulacsi into a parry from close range. Bergwijn hoicks the rebound harmlessly wide left. But that’s so much better from the hosts, and the home fans respond accordingly.

9.06pm GMT

And we’re off again! Spurs get the second half underway, and there have been no half-time changes. Not long after the restart, the Leipzig fans fling on a few toilet rolls. Everyone’s a critic. They unfurl a banner which reads STAND UP FOR A FAIR PRICE CAP. Applause from all four corners of the stadium. After a clean-up operation, the game eventually restarts.

9.04pm GMT

Spurs weren’t great in that first half, but their fans remain four-square behind the team. “The way I see it, Tottenham have no striker, no defensive midfield, and are keeping a clean sheet against a team in form,” argues Gregory Greene. “Our attackers aren’t fluffing chances (they aren’t getting any honestly), and I’ve seen Tottenham defend worse. I can’t really be mad.” Meanwhile James Hopkin thinks a happy ending is written: “The big question in tonight’s game (apart from which minute with Spurs score a late smash and grab winner) is why do a couple of the RBL players (e.g. Timo Werner) have all-white logos on their shirts and others have full colour red bulls?” I have no idea. To get us all talking about everybody’s favourite nerve-end-bothering beverage?

8.50pm GMT

Half-time entertainment. There have been goals in tonight’s other match. Simon Burnton has the details. But don’t forget to come back, y’all.

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8.49pm GMT

Alli busies himself down the left, flatly refusing to give up possession and winning a corner off Halstenberg. The same Leipzig defender heads the corner clear, and there’s that whistle. Spurs will be pleased to get to the break without conceding. Leipzig have been by far the better side, and will wonder how they haven’t bagged a crucial away goal. Some work for Mourinho to do during the break.

8.47pm GMT

45 min: And that half-time whistle will be heard in roughly 60 seconds time.

8.46pm GMT

44 min: Werner probes again down the left. Aurier just about holds him up. Spurs could do with the half-time whistle, though in retrospect that’s been the case since the 26-second mark.

8.44pm GMT

42 min: Here comes Werner again, down the left, winning another corner off Sanchez. The corner, once again, is not worthy of our time or consideration.

8.43pm GMT

41 min: Werner whizzes down the left and nearly finds Schick in the middle, six yards out. Schick would be slamming home a sidefoot, but Sanchez slides in to bundle the ball out for a corner. What a glorious saving tackle. The resulting corner is a complete non-event.

8.42pm GMT

39 min: Mukiele is back on. Good news for Leipzig, as he’s been involved in a lot of their best attacks. Out on the other flank, Fernandes drops a shoulder to get past Angelino, and whips a cross to the near post, but Alli can’t get his head on the ball. Tottenham’s best half-chance of this half-match.

8.41pm GMT

38 min: Mukiele is down in some pain, having taken an accidental whack to the left knee. That knee’s already covered in tape, so he could have aggravated an existing problem. He grimaces an awful lot as he limps off for more treatment.

8.39pm GMT

36 min: Leipzig should be leading. Schick and Halstenberg bus the ball right to left, and find Werner free, just inside the area. Werner’s one on one with Lloris, but slams it straight at the keeper. The resulting corner is a waste of time. That’s a poor effort from the much-heralded Werner, who is on a run of five matches without scoring.

8.37pm GMT

34 min: They kind of have a point, but then Sabitzer, already in the book, gets away with a blatant clip on Fernandes. A free kick, nothing more. The Leipzig captain wants to watch himself here. One more clumsy one and he could be walking.

8.35pm GMT

33 min: Winks shoves Schick in the back but gets away with it and races off up the left touchline. Werner sticks out a leg. There’s no contact, but Winks goes over, and Werner goes into the book. Several Leipzig players, plus the manager, wear affronted looks.

8.34pm GMT

32 min: The corner is sent long and half cleared. From 25 yards, Fernandes slaps a wild shot deep into the stand behind the goal.

8.33pm GMT

31 min: Yet more space for Angelino down the left, sent away by Werner. But there’s nobody to cross to, so he buys a corner off Sanchez. The same defender clears the set piece, and suddenly Lo Celso is tearing down the left in sensational style. He slips a pass forward to Bergwijn, who wins a corner for Spurs. Good end-to-end fun.

8.31pm GMT

29 min: Spurs are struggling to keep hold of possession. Moves consisting of more than two or three passes are at a premium right now. The home fans are getting a little concerned.

8.29pm GMT

27 min: Schick slips a ball down the left for the relentless Angelino, whose low cross is only just missed by a lunging Werner, hoping to poke home from six yards. The flag goes up for offside, belatedly and correctly, but Spurs are giving Angelino so much space on the left. They need to sort this out, because at some point the Leipzig attack is going to click in the final third.

8.28pm GMT

26 min: Spurs enjoy a little possession for the first time in the game. They don’t go anywhere in particular, but that should give them a little confidence in midfield, where they’ve been thoroughly out-passed so far.

8.27pm GMT

24 min: The right wing-back Mukiele flashes a crossfield ball towards his opposite number Angelino, whose cross-cum-shot is blocked. Leipzig are switching the play time and again, in the style of the reigning champions Liverpool. Julian Nagelsmann less Baby Mourinho, more Baby Klopp.

8.25pm GMT

22 min: Atalanta have taken an early lead in their tie with Valencia. Hans Hateboer with the opening goal on 16 minutes in that one. Simon Burnton is all over that one.

Related: Atalanta v Valencia: Champions League last 16 – live!

8.23pm GMT

20 min: The Tottenham plan is obviously to play on the break. Moura gets the better of Ampadu under a long ball, but can’t see off Halstenberg. For a second, it looked as though he might break free. But the defender purchases a cheap free kick and Leipzig are off back up the other end, pinging the ball around once more.

8.21pm GMT

19 min: Werner bursts down the left and finds Schick in the middle. Schick can’t get either a header or shot away, and a combination of Sanchez and Winks manage to half-clear. Angelino comes again, sending a fizzer down Lloris’s throat from a tight angle on the left. Spurs are getting mauled at the moment.

8.19pm GMT

17 min: Schick rises miles above Davies and sends a downward header inches wide of the bottom right. Had that been on target, it was a goal; Lloris was rooted to the spot. Leipzig are getting closer and closer.

8.18pm GMT

16 min: An awful lot of space for Werner down the left. He nearly frees the overlapping Sabitzer with a cute pass, but Sanchez reads play and pokes out for a corner. From which ...

8.16pm GMT

14 min: Ampadu sprays a pass wide left for Angelino, who hits a first-time volleyed cross down the corridor of uncertainty. Nobody in black, red and blue dashes has taken a gamble, and there are no scares for Spurs.

8.15pm GMT

12 min: Laimer tries to send Werner clear down the left. The striker’s in space, but the pass is poor and sails out harmlessly for a goal kick. Spurs try to counter, but Bergwijn is clipped from behind by Sabitzer, and it’s now one yellow card apiece. There’s little sense that this fast, open game will end goalless, and it might not end with a full complement of players either.

8.12pm GMT

10 min: Lo Celso is booked for a late trip on Sabitzer, who was hoping to burst off down the left. The Spurs man doesn’t bother complaining, he was bang to rights. A long evening on a yellow, one poor challenge away from an early shower, stretches out ahead.

8.11pm GMT

9 min: Angelino dinks a little pass down the inside left for Schick, who whistles a shot towards the bottom left. Lloris is behind it all the way.

8.10pm GMT

8 min: Perhaps the best form of defence is attack. Lo Celso slips a ball down the left that forces Mukiele into conceding a corner. The set piece is only half cleared, but Spurs come back again down the left, Lo Celso finding Bergwijn, who curls towards the bottom right. Gulacsi sticks out a strong hand, and the flag goes up for offside. But that’s better from the home side. Somewhere, in a parallel universe, it’s 1-1.

8.08pm GMT

6 min: Mukiele drives down the right and finds Werner on the edge of the box. Winks throws himself in the way of a shot. Great block, but once again Leipzig opened Spurs up with ease, and Spurs surely can’t keep making last-ditch blocks and saves all night.

8.06pm GMT

4 min: Such an electric start by the visitors. Four efforts on goal within the first 120 seconds. Three of them very decent chances. Some decent last-ditch defending by Spurs, but that’ll have rattled them. Leipzig coming at them from all angles.

8.05pm GMT

2 min: What a start this is by Leipzig! Werner’s snap effort from six yards is blocked by Sanchez. The ball breaks left to Angelino, who hammers a shot straight at Lloris from a tight angle. Lloris deflects the ball onto the post and away. The visitors recycle possession, Mukiele and Werner buzzing down the inside right and forcing Lloris to turn the ball around the post. The flag goes up for offside to release the pressure. But wow.

8.03pm GMT

And we’re off! Leipzig get the first leg of this round-of-16 tie underway. A huge roar crackles the north London air. And after 26 seconds, Schick juggles the ball down the middle and sends a decent effort bouncing inches wide of the right-hand post.

8.01pm GMT

The teams are out! A cracking Champions League atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs wear their famous lilywhite, while Leipzig sport their bespoke European away shirt, a cascade of black, red and blue dabs and dashes that wouldn’t look out of place in Claude Monet’s garden. In other shirt news, Harry Kane has presented Hannah and Danny Greaves, granddaughter and son of the absurdly brilliant former Spurs striker Jimmy, with a Spurs top to celebrate the living legend’s 80th birthday tomorrow. On the back: GREAVES 80. If you get a chance to watch the new BT Sport documentary about Greavsie, snatch it with both hands. A marvellous celebration of the greatest English striker of all time. Anyway, we’ll be off in a minute!

7.37pm GMT

Julian ‘Baby Mourinho’ Nagelsmann, who at 32 is only 22 years older than the club he manages, talks to BT Sport. “It is the first time at this stage for Leipzig, so we are all excited. We are a young team, perhaps a bit nervous, but we will try to do our own style. It is a great stadium and it’s a pleasure to be here. It is the same for Tottenham and Leipzig, we have injured players. But I think Ethan Ampadu will do well. This is not a tactical battle between the managers, it is about the players, the performance of the guys. The emotional things are the more important, if you can deal with the pressure.”

7.32pm GMT

If Spurs win this evening, Jose Mourinho will break the all-time record for victories as a manager in the knockout stage of the Champions League. He’s currently tied on 27 wins with Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola. A 28th knockout victory will catapult him to the top of that particular tree, though of course Ancelotti has won the competition three times, as opposed to everyone else’s two. Ancelotti also has two European Cup wins as a player to his name (Pep has one) so his medal haul knocks the other three into a cocked hat.

7.22pm GMT

A pre-match chat with Jose Mourinho. “This is a half-match. Too many matches in the knockout stage of the Champions League are thought of emotionally as one match. But this is only a half-match. So we need to be very intelligent in our approach, knowing what we have and what we don’t have, and be positive with a good feeling. We are going to play against a team that normally play with five at the back, are very consistent and very fast. So I think a very difficult match. But we know what to do. Emotional control. It is not about fighting and running. We need to be clinical with our chances, but also knowing how to manage the game and the tempo. It is February, we are fighting for the top four, we are in the knockouts, and the last 16 of the FA Cup, so it is a big effort from the boys to be here. I think the crowd will be with them.”

7.10pm GMT

Gedson Fernandes makes his Champions League debut for Spurs. His presence allows Giovani Lo Celso to move upfield in the space left by the injured Son Heung-min.

Leipzig’s defensive crisis means a start for Ethan Ampadu, on loan from Chelsea. One-time Everton striker Ademola Lookman is on the bench.

6.59pm GMT

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Fernandes, Lo Celso, Alli, Bergwijn, Lucas Moura.
Subs: Vertonghen, Lamela, Dier, Gazzaniga, Ndombele, Skipp, Tanganga.

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi, Mukiele, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Angelino, Laimer, Ampadu, Sabitzer, Nkunku, Schick, Werner.
Subs: Haidara, Poulsen, Forsberg, Lookman, Wolf, Olmo, Mvogo.

5.41pm GMT

Only three teams have ever lifted the European Cup the season after tasting defeat in the final: Milan in 1994, Bayern Munich in 2013 and Liverpool last year. Three in 63 seasons; that’s a one-in-21 hit rate. If history counts for anything, Tottenham Hotspur have their work cut out if they’re to go one better than last season. On behalf of all Spurs fans: bah.

But hold on! Spin it another way, and the feat has been achieved twice in the last seven seasons. It’s far from a pipe dream in the modern game. So on behalf of all Spurs fans: yay!

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