Bundesliga – Footy http://www.footy.to/ Your Daily Football NEws Source Sun, 08 Mar 2020 19:31:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.13 Champions League player ratings: Ben Davies’ costly error capped a miserable night for Tottenham http://www.footy.to/2020/02/20/champions-league-player-ratings-ben-davies-costly-error-capped-a-miserable-night-for-tottenham/ http://www.footy.to/2020/02/20/champions-league-player-ratings-ben-davies-costly-error-capped-a-miserable-night-for-tottenham/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:48:07 +0000 http://www.footy.to/?p=16817

PLAYER RATINGS: Ben Davies’ costly error capped a miserable night as classy Timo Werner bagged crucial away goal for Leipzig at Tottenham

  • Ben Davies offered no threat going forward and gave away a crucial penalty
  • Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept Spurs in the tie with several important saves
  • Giovani Lo Celso provided the creativity for Spurs, driving his side forward
  • Timo Werner was the key threat for the visitors and coolly netted his penalty 

Timo Werner’s second-half penalty gave a dominant RB Leipzig a deserved 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Werner slotted past Hugo Lloris in the 58th minute after Ben Davies had fouled Konrad Laimer, putting the Bundesliga high-flyers in control ahead of the second leg on March 10.

Sportsmail’s Daniel Matthews rated the players at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Wednesday night. 

Tottenham defender Ben Davies gave away a penalty with a rash challenge on Konrad Laimer

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1) 

Hugo Lloris – 6.5 

Kept Spurs in the tie with several crucial saves but powerless to stop penalty.  

Serge Aurier – 4.5

Created Spurs’ best chance but was run ragged by Angelino all night.

Davinson Sanchez – 6.5

Too often having to put out fires as Spurs were pulled this way and that by visitors.

Toby Alderweireld – 6

Stood up by Schick for early chance but found his feet as Spurs were pinned back.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept his side in the tie with several crucial saves

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept his side in the tie with several crucial saves

Ben Davies – 4.5

Offered no threat going forward and rash challenge gave away crucial penalty.

Harry Winks – 6

Often overrun in midfield but was typically efficient with the ball and tenacious without it.

Giovani Lo Celso – 6.5

Spurs’ best source of creativity, driving them forward with quick thinking and neat passing.

Gedson Fernandes – 5

Struggled to get into the game. Forced to do a lot of defensive work to limit Angelino’s threat.

Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso provided the main threat for Tottenham on Wednesday night

Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso provided the main threat for Tottenham on Wednesday night

Dele Alli – 6.5

Fed off scraps for most of the night but worked hard and created some openings.

Steven Bergwijn – 6

Useful outlet with his pace and came close with neat early turn and shot. Faded.

Lucas Moura – 6 

Very limited service but missed two second-half chances including late header. 

Subs: Erik Lamela (Fernandes 64) – 6, Tanguy Ndombele (Alli 64) – 6.5 

Not Used: Vertonghen, Dier, Gazzaniga, Skipp, Tanganga.

Manager: Jose Mourinho – 5.5 

His change of shape after conceding first goal had a limited effect as Spurs huffed and puffed for an equaliser. 

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir – 6

Duly punished several cynical challenges and got the big decision right with the penalty.

Timo Werner capped an impressive display by scoring the winner from the penalty spot

Timo Werner capped an impressive display by scoring the winner from the penalty spot

RB LEIPZIG (3-4-2-1) 

Peter Gulacsi – 6.5

Rarely tested but denied Lucas and tipped Lo Celso free kick on to the post.

Lukas Klostermann – 6

Tested by Berwijn early on but more influential going forward as visitors controlled the ball.

Ethan Ampadu – 6.5

Chelsea loanee looked classy in possession but early misjudgement almost set Lucas free.

Marcel Halstenberg – 6

Part of a Leipzig back three that spent most of the night trying to prise Spurs open.

Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu (left) impressed on a rare start for the German outfit

Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu (left) impressed on a rare start for the German outfit

Nordi Mukiele – 6

Gave Davies an early headache going forward but occasionally tested by Berwijn at other end.

Marcel Sabitzer – 6.5

Happy to do the unfashionable stuff with and without the ball – booked for cynical trip on Bergwijn.

Konrad Laimer – 7

Also content to do the simple things and won spot kick with rare foray forward.

Angelino – 7

Constantly caused Aurier trouble going forward. Saw early shot deflected on to the post.

Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann (right) managed the game well against Jose Mourinho's Spurs

Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann (right) managed the game well against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs

Christopher Nkunku – 6.5

Too often found space between the lines as Leipzig played the game in Spurs’ half. 

Timo Werner – 7.5

A class apart. Key cog in Leipzig’s attacking machine and cooly netted penalty. 

Patrick Schick – 6.5

Let down by his finishing but forward was a constant menace to Spurs backline.

Subs: Amadou Haidara (for Nkunku 74) – 6, Schick (for Poulsen 77), Laimer (for Forsberg 83) 

Subs Not Used: Lookman,Wolf,Olmo,Mvogo.

Manager: Julian Nagelsmann – 7 

Even after going ahead they managed the game well and limited Spurs to few chances.

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Ethan Ampadu targets Chelsea homecoming next season as he returns to Leipzig line-up against Spurs http://www.footy.to/2020/02/20/ethan-ampadu-targets-chelsea-homecoming-next-season-as-he-returns-to-leipzig-line-up-against-spurs/ http://www.footy.to/2020/02/20/ethan-ampadu-targets-chelsea-homecoming-next-season-as-he-returns-to-leipzig-line-up-against-spurs/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:12:53 +0000 http://www.footy.to/?p=16810

Ethan Ampadu targets Chelsea homecoming next season as he returns to RB Leipzig line-up to help beat Tottenham in Champions League

  • Ethan Ampadu starred for Leipzig in their 1-0 win at Tottenham on Wednesday 
  • His display fuelled rumours that he could make the Chelsea first team next year 
  • Ampadu said he wants a return to the Blues after helping Leipzig this season  

Ethan Ampadu is keen to resume his Chelsea career next season but only after helping RB Leipzig achieve their goals this campaign.

The Wales defender is on a season-long at the Bundesliga club from Stamford Bridge and after a defensive crisis has found himself finally getting some games.

He started in Leipzig’s 1-0 win at Tottenham in the Champions League last 16 first-leg clash – just the second time he has been named in Julian Nagelsmann’s starting XI.

Ethan Ampadu admits he wants to go back to Chelsea after he has helped Leipzig this season

Youngsters are getting a chance at Chelsea under Frank Lampard and the 19-year-old wants to be part of it next term.

But with Leipzig going for the Bundesliga title and making waves in the Champions League, that is where his focus is at the moment.

‘I am always watching Chelsea and seeing what is going on,’ he said. ‘It is good to see the young players are shining at the moment.

‘They are in the top four so fingers crossed they can hold on to that. I would like to go back, I aim to, but right now I am focused on Leipzig and finishing the season.’

Frank Lampard is giving youth a chance at Chelsea and Ampadu wants to be a part of it

Frank Lampard is giving youth a chance at Chelsea and Ampadu wants to be a part of it

Ampadu kept Tottenham at bay as he helped Leipzig to a clean sheet in the first leg of the tie

Ampadu kept Tottenham at bay as he helped Leipzig to a clean sheet in the first leg of the tie

Apart from a couple of shaky moments in the first half Ampadu was part of the Leipzig defence that kept Spurs at bay and earned a clean sheet.

He was proud of his performance and hopes he proved his worth to Nagelsmann.

‘I have not played as much as I would have liked to but I am definitely learning in training and working hard,’ he said.

‘When this situation came of starting tonight I knew it was a good opportunity to show what I can do and I’d like to think I’ve done that.

‘I just tried to play my game. I try to be composed and just try to play.’

Ampadu signed for Chelsea from Exeter City in 2017 and has made 12 senior appearances

Ampadu signed for Chelsea from Exeter City in 2017 and has made 12 senior appearances

Leipzig could have put the tie to bed had they taken their chances at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Instead they only had Timo Werner’s second-half penalty to show for a dominant display.

‘We won the game and played well as a team,’ Ampadu added. ‘That is what we practised for, that is what we prepared for so I am glad it came off.

‘You always want more goals but we have a 1-0 win to go back with. It is only half-time, so we just have to focus on the weekend.

‘(Jose) Mourinho said it, the quality of our play might go under-rated because people might not know the name of Leipzig so much but hopefully people saw that we have a lot of quality.’

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Timo Werner admits he is ‘very proud’ to be linked with ‘best team in the world’ Liverpool http://www.footy.to/2020/02/20/timo-werner-admits-he-is-very-proud-to-be-linked-with-best-team-in-the-world-liverpool/ http://www.footy.to/2020/02/20/timo-werner-admits-he-is-very-proud-to-be-linked-with-best-team-in-the-world-liverpool/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:02:53 +0000 http://www.footy.to/?p=16804

‘It makes me very proud’: Timo Werner cannot hide his delight as he addresses transfer links with ‘best team in the world’ Liverpool after scoring winner at Tottenham

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has admitted he is ‘proud’ to be linked with ‘the best team in the world’ Liverpool after scoring the winner against Tottenham on Wednesday evening. 

The 23-year-old has been a long-time target of Liverpool’s and has been in red-hot form in front of goal this season, scoring 26 times in 32 matches in all competitions. 

Werner scored the only goal of the match – a second-half penalty after Ben Davies brought down Konrad Laimer in the box – as Leipzig took control of the Champions League last-16 tie.

Timo Werner admitted it was an honour to be continually linked with a move to Liverpool

Questioned about rumours linking him with Liverpool, Werner said: ‘I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world and when you are linked with that team it makes me very proud. 

‘It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and I need to learn many more things to get to that level and to play there.’ 

Although Leipzig will undoubtedly be delighted by their victory in the first leg of their tie with Tottenham, the Germans could have easily walked away with a more significant advantage. 

The striker calmly slotted into the net from the penalty spot as RB Leipzig beat Tottenham

The striker calmly slotted into the net from the penalty spot as RB Leipzig beat Tottenham

Werner ran to celebrate his second-half winner with the travelling German supporters

Werner ran to celebrate his second-half winner with the travelling German supporters

The Bundesliga title chasers dominated much of the proceedings with Tottenham only threatening towards the end of the second half as they desperately searched for an equaliser.

But Werner insisted afterwards that the job remains far from done with Jose Mourinho’s side coming to Leipzig for the second leg in three weeks’ time. 

He added: ‘Tottenham are a good team and they showed last year that mentally they can come back in these games and we have to do the same like we did today if we want to progress. 

‘We have had a good start for the first half of the last-16 clash but we will need to push on.’

The 23-year-old insisted the tie is not over despite scoring the away goal in the first leg

The 23-year-old insisted the tie is not over despite scoring the away goal in the first leg

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RB Leipzig LOST a box of shirts on the way to Tottenham Champions League clash http://www.footy.to/2020/02/20/rb-leipzig-lost-a-box-of-shirts-on-the-way-to-tottenham-champions-league-clash/ http://www.footy.to/2020/02/20/rb-leipzig-lost-a-box-of-shirts-on-the-way-to-tottenham-champions-league-clash/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:54:49 +0000 http://www.footy.to/?p=16798

REVEALED: RB Leipzig LOST a box of shirts on the way to their Champions League clash with Tottenham… meaning Timo Werner wore a different sponsor to team-mates

  • Leipzig lost a box of matchday shirts as they made their way to face Tottenham
  • It meant Timo Werner and a select few had to wear shirts with different sponsors
  • Werner and Christopher Nkunku wore a full-colour sponsor strip for second half
  • Boss Julian Nagelsmann confirmed the mix-up in his post-match conference
  • Leipzig went on to win the game thanks to a second-half Werner penalty

RB Leipzig were the victims of lost luggage on Wednesday after they arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a set of incomplete matchday shirts for their Champions League clash against Spurs.

The mix-up left Timo Werner, Lukas Klostermann and Christopher Nkunku wearing Leipzig’s away strip with a monochrome Red Bull sponsor while their team-mates had full-colour branding for the game.

However, after half-time, Werner and Nkunku were able to swap shirts to don the kit with a colourful sponsor while Klostermann kept the black and white sponsor version.

RB Leipzig lost a box of matchday shirts on their way to face Tottenham which left Lukas Klostermann (circled left), Christopher Nkunku (circled centre) and Timo Werner (circled right) with different versions of the club’s away kit

Werner dons a monochrome Red Bull sponsor shirt in the first half because of the mix-up

In the second half, Nkunku (left) and Werner (right) were able to swap the shirts to don the kit with colourful sponsor

Werner (L) dons a monochrome sponsor shirt in the first half before switching after the break

Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann confirmed in his post-match press conference that the club had indeed lost a box of shirts at the airport after touching down in England.

Many fans noticed the discrepancy during the first 45 minutes, where Leipzig ran the hosts ragged.

The German side didn’t relent, though, and were given a penalty after a clumsy foul by Ben Davies inside the box.

Klostermann (right) kept his black and white sponsored shirt for the second half at Tottenham

Klostermann (right) kept his black and white sponsored shirt for the second half at Tottenham 

Forbes journalist Manuel Veth reported that Nagelsmann confirmed the mix-up after the game

Forbes journalist Manuel Veth reported that Nagelsmann confirmed the mix-up after the game

Werner stepped up to convert the penalty, wearing the famous red and yellow logo on the front of his shirt.

It was also confirmed on Thursday that Leipzig’s monochrome shirt sponsor is in fact the kit registered with UEFA.

It is the kit Leipzig have worn for previous encounters in the Champions League and will be the strip they will use for future away games in the competition. 

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Achraf Hakimi open to permanent Borussia Dortmund move and admits Real Madrid future is uncertain http://www.footy.to/2020/02/19/achraf-hakimi-open-to-permanent-borussia-dortmund-move-and-admits-real-madrid-future-is-uncertain/ http://www.footy.to/2020/02/19/achraf-hakimi-open-to-permanent-borussia-dortmund-move-and-admits-real-madrid-future-is-uncertain/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:05:29 +0000 http://www.footy.to/?p=16789

‘We’ll see what the summer holds’: Achraf Hakimi open to permanent Borussia Dortmund move and admits future at Real Madrid is uncertain

  • Achraf Hakimi has been sensational for Borussia Dortmund since joining  
  • He is on loan from Real Madrid and wants to continue his development at club 
  • Hakimi played for Dortmund in their 2-1 win over PSG in Champions League 

Achraf Hakimi admitted that his future is up in the air and the full-back could join Borussia Dortmund on a permanent basis from Real Madrid. 

The loanee starred for Dortmund in their 2-1 win over PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday night and has been a standout player for the Bundesliga side. 

He wants to continue his development and accrue more game time, so accepts that he may not simply return to the Bernabeu this summer. 

Achraf Hakimi is open to the possibility of moving to Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal

‘Everything can happen in June, but we’ll see what the summer holds,’ he said. 

‘In my head is that I want to play and I want to continue growing. Here in Germany they are giving me the opportunity.’

The 21-year-old has established himself as a key figure for Lucian Favre since arriving from Real on a two-season loan contract in 2018.

Erling Braut Haaland (right) scored the two goals to give Dortmund the win over PSG

Erling Braut Haaland (right) scored the two goals to give Dortmund the win over PSG 

Two goals from Erling Braut Haaland sandwiched either side of a close range finish from Neymar gave Dortmund the win on Tuesday night. 

They carry an advantage into the second leg and will be optimistic about their chances, particularly given their new striker’s remarkable form.  

‘We have prepared the game quite well and it worked out well,’ Hakimi added. ‘Haaland has helped us a lot and we hope it stays that way.

‘He [Haaland] has been smart. He is still young and knows he has to play.’

Hakimi is on loan from Real Madrid and said his future would be decided in the summer

Hakimi is on loan from Real Madrid and said his future would be decided in the summer



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