Tottenham learned their opponents for the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday, with Jose Mourinho's side set to face off against current Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

The draw may not attract as many viewers as Liverpool-Atletico Madrid or Manchester City-Real Madrid, but there's every chance it could be one of the more topsy-turvy clashes of the round.

Both teams are scoring for fun right about now and while Spurs fans may be pleased with the draw given they could have been pitted against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus among others, they ought to know their side will not be gifted a spot in the quarter finals.

So, wanna know a bit more about ​Tottenham's upcoming opponents? Course you do. Check it out below!

How They Fared in the Group Stage

Timo Werner

Leipzig would have been delighted with the draw for Group G as they managed to avoid a major European powerhouse, being drawn against Ligue 1's Lyon, Portuguese outfit Benfica and Russian side Zenit.

The group ended up being one of the tightest in this year's competition - perhaps bar for Group H, which was contested by Valencia, Chelsea, Ajax and, erm, Lille - but the ​Bundesliga side finished top comfortably enough, winning three games, losing two and drawing one.

League Form

Lukas Klostermann

Leipzig are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Bundesliga, picking up 33 points from their first 15 games.

A recent run of six straight wins, during which they've scored at least three goals in each game - including an 8-0 thumping of Mainz - has seen Nagelsmann's side leapfrog surprise package Borussia Monchengladbach into first.

The two games they have lost have come as surprises, being beaten 3-1 at home in September against Schalke before Freiburg pipped them 2-1 almost a month later.

Star Player


Have you heard of a little known forward by the name of Timo Werner?

The Germany international has been frequently been linked with ​Liverpool over the last few years, while Chelsea have also been ​credited with an interest more recently.

And if it wasn't for Robert Lewandowski's ridiculous form over the past few months, the former Stuttgart forward would be leading the Bundesliga's scoring charts, having netted 16 goals so far this term.

Able to link up play well and adept at hanging on to the ball in tight spots, Werner is a massive threat on the counter attack, so Tottenham's defenders will have to wary of giving him too much space to work with.

Highlights this season include contributing directly to six of the eight goals scored in the Mainz rout and grabbing a hat trick in the 3-1 victory at Monchengladbach.

Young Gun

Dayot Upamecano

Leipzig have the second best defensive record in Germany's top flight so far this season, with Willi Orban among the league's best centre backs.

The Hungarian is partnered by Dayot Upamecano, who was heavily linked with Arsenal during the summer before the Gunners pursued other targets. Manchester City are also interested - ​exclusively revealed by 90min - and it's not hard to see why.

The 21-year-old is a strong aerial battler with a good eye for an interception, and looks set for a big future. How he and Orban deal with Tottenham's attacking threats will be one of the deciding points of the tie.



Just like a young Brock Lesnar, Julian Nagelsmann is very much seen as the next big thing. It should be clarified, though, that Nagelsmann is not as big as Brock Lesnar. If they had a fight, Lesnar would probably win.

But if they each had a random group of 11 players to work with for a 90 minute game of football, Nagelsmann would probably see his team win about 20-0.

The 32-year-old - yep, he's that young - is known for his innovation on the training ground. He's used drones to film his squad's training sessions and also had a giant video-wall erected on the halfway line during his time at Hoffenheim.

He has a bachelor's degree in sports and training science and has previously revealed his admiration for the style of play of teams like Villarreal, Barcelona and Arsenal.


Emil Forsberg

Given they're top of the Bundesliga, it's probably not too surprising that Leipzig have a number of strengths up their sleeve.

Die Roten Bullen average around 53% of possession per game in league football this season and usually get around 16 shots away at their opposition's goal. They're also second only to Hertha Berlin for average aerial duels won.

And while they may not be the most prolific supporting cast for Werner, players like Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen provide threats from wide and central positions.


Julian Nagelsmann

If there's one thing that may count against Leipzig, it's their relative lack of experience. They were only founded in 2009. That's pretty young, considering most clubs have been running since the dawn of time.

It's the first time Leipzig will compete in the knockout stages of the Champions League, having been knocked out of the competition at the group stage during their sole other appearance in 2017/18.

They're a young side, but they certainly won't be daunted by the prospect of facing Tottenham, even if the north London side did reach the final last season.

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