Twitter Reacts as the (Red)Bull Takes Spurs By the Horns to Earn Well Deserved Champions League Win

​No Harry Kane, no Heung-min Son……no chance?

Ahead of kick off the narrative was centered around Tottenham’s distinct lack of a striker. Kane’s long-term injury crippled the club’s forward options anyway, but news of Son requiring surgery on a broken arm has threatened to derail their season.

Their Premier League aspirations took a knock, but their ​Champions League dreams have equally been dented.

Especially since their round of 16 opponents are none other than high-flying RB Leipzig. Fronted by Julian Nagelsmann, the ​Bundesliga outfit look a force to be reckoned with and are well in the hunt for a maiden top flight title this season. 

Have ​Spurs improved under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage, though? No doubt, yes, they have.

Which set everything up for an engrossing clash in north London. Would Spurs start well? Or would it be the visitors who’d hit the ground running?


​Well, after one (1!) minute, it was clearly the latter.



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​​Barring one Steven Bergwijn attempt, it’s fair to say that the opening 20 minutes were utterly dominated by Die Roten Bullen.

Forcing Spurs to sit off in a 4-4-2, there was no respite for wave after wave of RB Leipzig attack. Where were the hosts going to get a goal from? 


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​​We’ve seen this before, though.

Under Mourinho, Spurs have been second best in a handful of games, only to emerge winners with a narrow victory that is best described as ‘fortunate’.

Or, it’s a masterclass from the two-time Champions League winner.

Naturally, Twitter was divided.


​​It was Nagelsmann’s side who continued to turn the screw, seeing the lion’s share of possession and keeping their opponents at arm’s length.

Yet….was there a sign of Spurs working their way into proceedings? Finally they were seeing some of the ball in the final third, were the club’s fans growing in optimism?



​​And as the first 45 minutes went by without RB Leipzig somehow scoring, it was Spurs who has the first chance of the second half.

Yet, their hope was dashed shortly after, as Ben Davies took out Konrad Laimer in the box to hand the visitors a stonewall penalty and a chance from 12 yards.


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​​Would Timo Werner score and end a five-game goal drought?

You betcha.


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​​Changes had to be made, and Mourinho saw it fit to replace Dele Alli and Gedson Fernandes as a knee-jerk reaction.

Removing the former of those didn’t sit well with the Spurs faithful, however. Not least with the player himself…


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Lo Celso then nearly brought Spurs back into the tie with a bending free kick, that only avoided hitting the back of the net thanks to the outstretched arm of Peter Gulacsi tipping it onto the post.



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​​Tottenham suddenly looked like the side in control.

Pushing men up the field and making positive changes had an instant impact, epitomised by RB Leipzig starting to give away needless fouls in dangerous positions.

Could they pull one back?



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​​Unfortunately for Spurs, on this occasion, there was to be no last minute drama.

How significantly they improved is commendable, but surely it was too little too late?

Their standoff-ish approach was uninspiring, and in the end they were forced to pay for efforts in the first 65 minutes.

They’ve got it all left to do…

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