Modified 18 Feb 2020, 00:38 IST
RB Leipzig can realistically get previous Tottenham within the final 16 of the Champions League and their chances are improved by Harry Kane’s absence, says Lukas Klostermann.
Julian Nagelsmann has guided Leipzig, who sit one level behind leaders Bayern Munich within the Bundesliga, into the knockout levels in simply their second season in Europe’s premier membership competitors.
The first leg will happen at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday, with the return match on the Red Bull Arena three weeks later.
Germany worldwide Klostermann believes Leipzig are greater than succesful of reaching the quarter-finals regardless of being up in opposition to a crew that completed as Champions League runners-up in 2018-19.
“It’s an thrilling match-up the place we’ve got a practical likelihood of going via, although we face a high European membership,” Klostermann informed Omnisport.
“Tottenham have proven over latest years that they’re amongst European soccer’s elite. We are wanting ahead to the 2 video games, understanding it is an unlimited problem.
“However, we’re wanting ahead to these video games and because of the work we’ve got executed throughout this season and the earlier one, to have the chance to indicate the place we’re at.”
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In each legs, Spurs can be with out Kane, who has been sidelined since January resulting from a hamstring damage and isn’t anticipated to return till April.
“I am unable to affect these issues however clearly it is probably not an obstacle for us when their high striker is lacking,” stated Klostermann.
“We want to have a look at ourselves and wish to indicate a great efficiency on the pitch throughout these two video games. Loads goes to rely upon us if we undergo or not.”
Nagelsmann took cost of Hoffenheim at 28, making him the youngest coach in Bundesliga historical past, and his inventory has continued to rise at Leipzig.
Klostermann stated: “I believe he’s nonetheless a really younger coach, he’s very detailed and week after week he manages to speak his thought to us gamers in a method that we are able to perceive it and get passionate about it, in order that we’re additionally satisfied of this plan and are totally behind it.
“I believe that is essential. You can see this in lots of conditions, whether or not the crew actually stands behind the coach’s thought and might implement it or whether or not you are simply making an attempt to implement directions you are not satisfied of your self.”
Published 18 Feb 2020, 00:38 IST
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