Tottenham vs Leipzig Champions League preview: where to watch, predicted line-ups, team news

Tottenham welcome Leipzig in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 opener – all you need to know.

Tottenham have been in mixed form since the end of the group stage
Tottenham have been in mixed form since the end of the group stage ©Getty Images

Tottenham welcome Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on 19 February at 21:00 CET. This page will update with team news, quotes and expert analysis as kick-off approaches.


Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Since the group stage

Latest: Aston Villa 2-3 Tottenham, 16/02
Next game: Leipzig (h), 19/02 – UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg
Where they stand: 5th in Premier League, FA Cup round of 16

Since Matchday 6: WDLDLWWDW
Latest: Leipzig 3-0 Werder Bremen, 15/02
Next: Tottenham (a), 19/02 – UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg
Where they stand: 2nd in Bundesliga

Can Mourinho's Tottenham overcome Leipzig?
Can Mourinho's Tottenham overcome Leipzig?

Possible lineups

Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Tanganga; Winks, Lo Celso; Bergwijn, Alli, Son; Lucas
Out: Kane (hamstring), Sissoko (knee)
Doubtful: Lamela (groin), Davies (ankle)

Leipzig: Gulácsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Angeliño; Laimer, Haidara; Forsberg, Sabitzer; Werner, Schick
Out: Adams (calf), Kampl (ankle), Konaté (hamstring), Orban (knee), Upamecano (suspended)
Misses next game if booked: Haidara

Expert predictions

Mark Pettit, Tottenham reporter: Spurs will be hoping this is a case of history repeating. Last season they scraped through the group stage in unconvincing fashion before drawing a high-flying Bundesliga outfit in the round of 16, then lost Harry Kane to injury before the first leg. But a 3-0 win against Dortmund proved the catalyst to their unexpected run to the final. Their form is equally patchy this time around but at least Mourinho's men, in recent weeks, have given glimpses of the sort of resilience that took them all the way to Madrid last season.

James Thorogood, Leipzig reporter: Leipzig are set for their knockout stage bow having only made their UEFA Champions League debut in 2017/18. Parallels can be drawn to the Tottenham side that topped their group that season; the question is whether Leipzig can succeed where Spurs failed and upset the odds in the last 16? An untimely dip on the domestic front – costing top spot in the Bundesliga – is currently providing a stern test of maturity.

What the coaches say

To follow

Form guide

• 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.

Matchday 5 highlights: Tottenham 4-2 Olympiacos
Matchday 5 highlights: Tottenham 4-2 Olympiacos

• 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.

Matchday 2 highlights: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern
Matchday 2 highlights: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern

• 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.

Highlights: Lyon 2-2 Leipzig
Highlights: Lyon 2-2 Leipzig

• 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 years 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.

Matchday 1 highlights: Benfica 1-2 Leipzig
Matchday 1 highlights: Benfica 1-2 Leipzig

• 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.