*Tottenham – Leipzig: 3:00 a.m. February 20, Hanoi time.

Before tonight’s match, Mourinho repeatedly emphasized Tottenham’s situation after the team lost its two most important strikers, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

Still with the `difficult task is not my turn` tone, Mourinho creates the feeling that Tottenham is currently weak and like a mess.

Mourinho was nervous before the match against Leipzig.

Tottenham was runner-up last season.

Son – who scored 14 goals and had eight assists in the Premier League and Champions League – broke his arm, meaning Tottenham ran out of players.

While Tottenham is ranked fifth in the Premier League, Leipzig is second in the Bundesliga with only one point behind Bayern Munich.

`Leipzig is a strong team, with good players,` Mourinho praised his opponent.

32-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann helped the team enter the 1/8 round of the Champions League for the first time, in his first season leading Leipzig.

`Eight years ago, they called me ‘Little Mourinho,’` Nagelsmann shared.

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Coach Nagelsmann (pictured) is even younger than Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Defense will be Leipzig’s problem in the first knockout match in the Champions League.

Like Leipzig, Atalanta entered the Champions League knock-out round for the first time.

The first leg between the two `dead misses` saw a force advantage for Atalanta.

`We have been waiting for this match for many months,` Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini shared.

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The joy of coach Gasperini and his students when entering the knockout round.

10 years ago, Atalanta was still playing in Serie B. After an excellent 2018-2019 season with third place in Serie A, Atalanta somewhat declined this season but still ranked in the top 4. In the previous round, they had just won against their opponent.

`Almost the entire city of Bergamo will flock to Milan to watch us,` coach Gasperini added.

The Atalanta – Valencia match takes place at 3:00 a.m. on February 20, Hanoi time, the same time as the Tottenham – Leipzig match.