UEFA Champions League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits
|Tottenham Hotspur||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - LondonWednesday 19 February 2020|
21.00CET (20.00 local time) Round of 16, First leg
Tottenham Hotspur's third successive appearance in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 brings a first meeting with Leipzig, who are making their debut at this stage of the competition.
• Spurs were runners-up last season and booked their return to the knockout phase by finishing second in Group B before Christmas. Leipzig, meanwhile, are in the UEFA Champions League for the second time and, unlike their 2017/18 debut, extended this season's campaign into the knockout rounds as the winners of Group G.
• Leipzig are one of two teams to be making their last-16 debut in 2019/20, alongside Atalanta.
• Spurs finished six points clear in second place in Group B despite losing both games against Bayern München, who ended with maximum points. Tottenham picked up only one point from their first two matches, a 2-2 draw at Olympiacos preceding a 7-2 home defeat by Bayern – the first time they had conceded seven goals at home in their 137-year history – but recovered in style with a 5-0 home win against Crvena zvezda, their biggest win in the UEFA Champions League.
• The 4-0 victory in the Belgrade return on Matchday 4 was also Tottenham's record away success in the competition, before a last-16 place was secured as Spurs, in José Mourinho's first European match since replacing Mauricio Pochettino as manager, came from two goals down to beat Olympiacos 4-2 in the fifth round of matches. The group campaign ended with a 3-1 loss in Munich.
• In last season's UEFA Champions League, Pochettino's side recovered from taking one point from their first three games to reach the round of 16, where Borussia Dortmund were brushed aside (3-0 h, 1-0 a). Dramatic away-goal victories against both Manchester City (1-0 h, 3-4 a) and Ajax (0-1 h, 3-2 a) then took Spurs into a first European Cup final, but Premier League rivals Liverpool proved too strong at Madrid's Estadio Metropolitano, running out 2-0 winners.
• Spurs had won only one of six games in the UEFA Champions League (D1 L4) before Matchday 3, but then recorded three successive victories before losing at Bayern.
• The London club have won ten of their last 14 UEFA Champions League home matches, losing the other four. They have drawn only once at home in the competition – 0-0 against AC Milan in the 2010/11 round of 16 (1-0 aggregate). Spurs' record in their new stadium is W3 L2.
• This is only Spurs' fourth UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie (W2 L1). In 2010/11 they won 1-0 away to AC Milan and on aggregate; two seasons ago they drew 2-2 at Juventus in the first leg but bowed out after a 2-1 home defeat.
• Last season's defeat of Dortmund at this stage means Spurs' record in two-legged knockout ties against German clubs is W5 L3.
• The Lilywhites had won four consecutive matches against German clubs, home and away, all against Dortmund, before losing at home to Bayern on Matchday 2.
• Leipzig finished three points clear at the top of Group G, picking up seven of their 11 points on their travels thanks to wins at Benfica (2-1) and Zenit (2-0) before letting slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Lyon on Matchday 6. At home, they bounced back from losing 2-0 to eventual section runners-up Lyon by defeating Zenit 2-1 and drawing 2-2 with Benfica in their penultimate game to secure progress.
• Leipzig have won five of their 12 UEFA Champions League fixtures (D3 L4).
• Third in the Bundesliga last season and German Cup finalists, this is Leipzig's third European campaign, and only their 31st match. In 2017/18 they became the first team to make their European debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage, picking up seven points to finish third in a section including Beşiktaş, Porto and Monaco. They went on to reach the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals before losing to Marseille.
• Two seasons ago Leipzig lost at Beşiktaş (0-2) and Porto (1-3), but recorded a 4-1 success at Monaco to claim their first European away victory.
• Before this season's successes, Leipzig had won only three of their 12 away European matches (D4 L5).
• This is Leipzig's first European game against an English club.
• Leipzig's record in two-legged knockout European ties is W5 L1, their 2017/18 loss to Marseille the sole defeat (1-0 h, 2-5 a).
Links and trivia
• Leipzig's Ethan Ampadu is on loan from Chelsea.
• Has played in Germany:
Heung-Min Son (Hamburg 2008–13, Bayer Leverkusen 2013–15)
• Have also played in England:
Ademola Lookman (Charlton 2013–17, Everton 2017–19)
Angeliño (Manchester City 2014–20)
• International team-mates:
Ben Davies & Ethan Ampadu (Wales)
• Have played together:
Serge Aurier & Christopher Nkunku (Paris Saint-Germain 2015–17)
Lucas Moura & Christopher Nkunku (Paris Saint-Germain 2015–18)
Tanguy Ndombélé & Dayot Upamecano, Christopher Nkunku (France Under-21)
Steven Bergwijn & Angeliño (PSV Eindhoven 2018/19)
• Harry Kane scored in England's 5-0 win against Patrik Schick's Czech Republic in a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier on 22 March 2019.
• Dele Alli scored as England beat Emil Forsberg's Sweden in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.
• UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Steven Bergwijn (PSV), Hugo Lloris, Gedson Fernandes (Benfica, loan)
Out: Christian Eriksen (Inter), Danny Rose (Newcastle, loan), Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton, loan), Victor Wanyama, Troy Parrott
• Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions (W5 D2).
• Tottenham's Premier League record since Matchday 6 is W5 D2 L3. They have won their last three matches, ending a run of four league games without a victory (D2 L2). On Sunday Heung-Min Son scored twice in a 3-2 victory at Aston Villa, including an added-time winner.
• Son's first goal at Villa was his 50th in the Premier League – the first Asian to reach that mark. The South Korean international has scored in Spurs' last five matches in all competitions, registering six goals in total.
• On 2 February, January signing Steven Bergwijn marked his Tottenham debut with the opening goal in a 2-0 home defeat of champions Manchester City.
• Tottenham have picked up 51 points from their last 38 Premier League games.
• Twenty-six of Tottenham's 40 Premier League points this season have come at home; the win at Villa was only their third away from home.
• Spurs have won eight of their last ten home matches in all competitions (L2).
• José Mourinho's team have needed replays in both their FA Cup ties so far after drawing the first game 1-1 away, against Championship side Middlesbrough in the last 64 (2-1 replay) and fellow Premier League club Southampton (3-2).
• Spurs will be at home to Norwich in the FA Cup last 16 on 4 March.
• Harry Kane, who has 27 goals in 30 appearances for club and country this season and finished as the overall top scorer in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying with 12 goals, has been out since 1 January. Having undergone surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring, he is expected to return to training in April.
• Moussa Sissoko has also been out since 1 January and is not expected to return until April having had an operation to repair a ligament in his right knee.
• Ben Davies played 90 minutes at Villa having been out since suffering ankle ligament damage in the 3-2 win at West Ham on 23 November.
• Giovani Lo Celso returned as a second-half substitute at Villa after a thigh injury; Erik Lamela is carrying a groin injury.
• Hugo Lloris underwent surgery on a dislocated elbow on 7 November, returning to action on 22 January.
• On 20 December Toby Alderweireld signed a new contract keeping him at Spurs until 2023.
• UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb), Philipp Tschauner, Angeliño (Manchester City, loan)
Out: Diego Demme (Napoli), Matheus Cunha (Hertha BSC Berlin), Marcelo Saracchi (Galatasaray, loan)
• Marcel Sabitzer's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.
• Leipzig have won four of their nine games since Matchday 6 (D3 L2).
• Leipzig were 3-0 winners at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday, only their second victory in 2020; the other came in their first game of the year, a 3-1 home defeat of Union Berlin on 18 January.
• Julian Nagelsmann's team lost twice in 11 days at Eintracht Frankfurt – 2-0 in the Bundesliga on 25 January and 3-1 in the last 16 of the German Cup on 4 February.
• New signing Dani Olmo scored his first goal for Leipzig in that cup defeat.
• Leipzig shared a goalless draw at league leaders Bayern München on 9 February.
• Timo Werner has 25 goals in 31 games this season for Leipzig, including two against Union Berlin, his only ones in 2020.
• Kevin Kampl has been out since 25 November after surgery on his right ankle.
• Willi Orban has been absent since 30 October having suffered a knee injury that required an operation.
• A hip injury has kept Ibrahima Konaté on the sidelines since 2 October.
• Tyler Adams suffered a calf injury on 12 February and is expected to miss the game at Tottenham.
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