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Spurs’ Starting XI vs The Red Bulls
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Red Bull Leipzig are young and have shown nerves in massive matches, especially when they are pressed hard. Constant pressure will lead to bad giveaways and quality counters for our speedy forwards.

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Have to attack the right side of their defence, particularly Klostermann, their right centre-back. He is suspect – he has poor footwork, makes poor decisions at times and will ball watch. 

Adams or Mukiele to his right are good attacking wingers, but not strong 1 on 1 defenders yet.

Jose-ball should work very well here against their high line. If Lucas can make runs across Upamecano to pull him out and then have Dele make runs behind him, we can open them up with long diagonals.  

This was a perfect match up for Sonny.  They are also suspect to attacks from out wide, but that is not Jose’s style.   

Take Werner out of the match, man-mark him if necessary.  They have played matches where they generated nearly 30 shots, more than 10 of those high quality (goals Kane would score most of the time), but come away with only a couple goals. 

They can be dreadful finishers (not Werner!). I think this is why they chose to go after Olmo – they had to improve the quality of their finishing.

How we could lose…

If we play the way we did on Sunday it will be a repeat of our first match against Bayern: We cannot turn the ball over in our own half as frequently as we did against Villa, or they will destroy us. 

Continuing to give away so many silly corners/set pieces.  They are lethal on set pieces; Nagelsmann has designed a seemingly endless number of creative set plays, all three of their centre-backs are great leapers, and their delivery from corners is superb. 

Sit back – drop back too deep.  Leipzig can cut open the tightest packed defences, similar to Man City.  We must stay compact and press them hard when they enter our zone.

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