Ledley King has warned that Tottenham Hotspur face a tough test against “surprise package” RB Leipzig in the Champions League last 16.
Spurs were handed what looks on paper to be a favourable tie at this morning’s draw for the first knockout phase, avoiding the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona.
Leipzig though are leading the way in the Bundesliga and are six points better off than Bayern Munich, who beat us so convincingly twice in the group stage. They also topped a Champions League group containing Lyon and Benfica.
King was representing the club at the ceremonies in Switzerland today, and the one-kneed defender stressed that we cannot afford to take Leipzig lightly.
He told BT Sport, via BBC Sport: “It’s going to be a tough test. RB Leipzig play with pace and intensity and they have been a surprise package so far, so it will be a good game.
“You do not get much tougher than Bayern Munich but it’s tough going to Germany and Leipzig are a good side, and one we won’t be taking lightly.”
Leipzig are managed by 32-year-old Julian Nagelsmann, who The Times understood to be in consideration to replace Mauricio Pochettino before Jose Mourinho’s appointment.
It will be a battle of the master tactician versus the young prodigy.
With 21 goals in as many starts this season, striker Timo Werner is Leipzig’s main threat. Wouldn’t it be sad if somebody bought him in January?