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Bayern Munich skipper Manuel Neuer laid low by stomach bug

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Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies returned to training with Bayern Munich on Thursday but Manuel Neuer missed out with a stomach issue.

Manuel Neuer is a doubt for Bayern Munich’s trip to Cologne on Sunday after he missed training due to illness.

Bayern confirmed their captain sat out Thursday’s session at Sabener Strasse because of a gastro-intestinal infection.

Neuer, 33, has been an ever-present for Bayern in the Bundesliga and Champions League this season.

There was better news for head coach Hansi Flick as Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies were back among the first-team group having been laid low by a cold and an ankle knock respectively.

Following last weekend’s 0-0 draw against second-place RB Leipzig, Bayern retain a slender one-point advantage as they pursue an eighth consecutive Bundesliga crown.

Flick’s side resume their Champions League campaign with a last-16 trip to Chelsea on February 25.

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Lucas Moura set to lead line for injury-hit Spurs against RB Leipzig

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Tottenham are without a recognised striker in the starting line-up against RB Leipzig, but Lucas Moura is set to move up front.

Lucas Moura looks set to lead the line for injury-hit Tottenham’s Champions League round of 16 first leg against RB Leipzig in the absence of Son Heung-min.

Son faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured arm in Spurs’ Premier League win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

With Harry Kane still absent due to a hamstring injury, Tottenham are without a recognised striker in the starting line-up to face Leipzig on Wednesday.

It appears Alli could move into a more advanced role, with Lucas up top and Steven Bergwijn also offering support along with Giovani Lo Celso.

Jose Mourinho has made two changes to his starting line-up for the clash at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Gedson Fernandes and Lo Celso coming into the side as Eric Dier drops to the bench

Timo Werner will provide Leipzig’s main attacking threat in a contest that will see Julian Nagelsmann become the youngest manager to take charge of a Champions League knockout match at the age of 32.

 

 

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Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 RB Leipzig: Timo Werner makes Spurs pay the penalty

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Injury-hit Tottenham lacked a cutting edge in the first leg and RB Leipzig took advantage as they seized a Champions League 1-0 cushion.

Timo Werner gave RB Leipzig a richly deserved first-leg lead in their Champions League last-16 clash with Tottenham as the Germans turned on the style in London.

The Bundesliga title-chasers spurned chance after chance, including three big opportunities in the opening 90 seconds, before Werner’s penalty – his 26th goal of the season – early in the second half brought them a 1-0 victory.

Hamstrung by the absence of the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Tottenham had little bite in attack, with Lucas Moura ineffective in the central role, but they have a gem in Giovani Lo Celso who twice went close to an equaliser that would have flattered the hosts.

Tottenham’s hopes of another run to the Champions League final look bleak, but Jose Mourinho must know his team could have been effectively out of this tie already ahead of the March 10 second leg in Leipzig.

Patrick Schick shot a yard wide, Angelino rattled the near post from a tight angle on the left, and Werner should have stuck away a close-range chance inside the first minute and a half of a blistering start from Leipzig.

At the other end, Peter Gulacsi had to stretch to turn away a curling shot from Steven Bergwijn that was heading for the bottom right corner.

Schick then headed no more than a foot wide from a corner as Tottenham, with their defence a nervy rabble, again came under siege. Memories came flooding back of their last encounter with German opposition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a 7-2 unpicking by Bayern Munich in October.

Werner had a glorious chance in the 35th minute after being slipped in to the left of goal, but the Germany international prodded straight at Lloris.

Leipzig finally had an opportunity they surely would not spurn in the 56th minute when Ben Davies hacked down Konrad Laimer, and this time the prolific Werner beat Lloris, his skidding penalty finding the bottom-left corner.

Tottenham almost found a swift equaliser, Gulasci clutching well to keep out Lo Celso’s fizzing strike, before Schick missed an even better chance to make it 2-0 to Leipzig.

Gulasci made another fine stop to keep out a free-kick from Lo Celso, who was Tottenham’s most impressive outfield player by a distance, before Lucas headed over a glaring late chance.

The Premier League side got what they deserved though. And on a night when he became the youngest ever boss to lead a team in a Champions League knockout match, at the age of 32 years and 211 days, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann saw his give themselves a great change of progressing.

What does it mean?

Spurs are just about alive in this tie, and they improved after going behind, but they were a shambles in defence for large stretches and had Leipzig’s haphazard finishing to thank for staying on level terms for so long. With Kane and Son out of contention for the second leg, it is hard to see any outcome but the Germans advancing to the quarter-finals.

Lloris keeps Spurs in it

French World Cup winner Lloris might have a clanger in him, but he made some vital saves for Tottenham here. He had a stroke of luck, arguably, when Angelino’s shot hit him and bounced to safety off the post, but Spurs will go to Germany with hope still thanks to their number one.

Schick and Werner might have buried sorry hosts

Leipzig will appreciate they should have capitalised on their first-half dominance, and it was one of those nights when their front two of Werner and Schick were always busy and giving the Tottenham defence a hard time, but without being able to find a finish in open play.

What’s next?

Tottenham have a big Premier League trip to Mourinho’s former club Chelsea on Saturday, with the hosts fourth in the table and Spurs sitting fifth. Leipzig have their eye on the Bundesliga title and travel to face Schalke on Saturday.

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Timo Werner ‘very proud’ to be linked with Liverpool move

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Timo Werner discussed reports linking him with a move from RB Leipzig to Liverpool.

RB Leipzig star Timo Werner said he was “very proud” to be linked with a move to Liverpool, labelling the Premier League side the world’s best.

Werner, 23, has been linked with the European champions after scoring 26 goals in 32 games for Leipzig this season.

The Germany international’s second-half penalty helped Leipzig to a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Speaking afterwards, Werner discussed the reports linking him with a move to Liverpool and the forward did little to play down a possible switch.

“Liverpool is the best team in the world at the moment and when you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud but in case of that it’s a pleasure,” he told Viasport.

“But I know that in Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”

 

Werner’s 58th-minute spot-kick against Spurs in London has Leipzig on track to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

But the 29-time Germany international warned his side there was work to do against Tottenham, who produced a thrilling comeback away to Ajax in last season’s semi-finals.

“Tottenham is a good team, they showed last year that they have the mentality that they can come back in these games,” Werner said.

“We have to do the same like today and we have a good start for the first half [of the tie] and we will go on.”

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