Jose Mourinho has stuck with a back-five and handed a rare start to Ryan Sessegnon for Tottenham’s Champions League last 16 second leg tie against RB Leipzig – making four changes from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Sessegnon replaces Jan Vertonghen, who drops to the bench, whilst Tanganga moves inside to join Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld, with Davinson Sanchez missing out through injury.

In midfield, Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso return to the starting line-up after they were rested at Turf Moore, although the latter did come on as a half-time substitute and played a major part in Dele Alli’s equaliser from the penalty spot.

Erik Lamela makes his second consecutive start, joining both Lucas Moura and Alli in attack for Mourinho’s men.

17-year-old defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott is on the bench for the first time as is Troy Parrott.

Starting XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Tanganga, Sessegnon, Winks, Lo Celso, Lamela, Lucas, Alli.

Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Fagan-Walcott, Vertonghen, Skipp, Ndombele, Gedson, Parrott.



  1. Wrong team selection, CD is lacking in pace which will leave us exposed. CM is lacking in penetration with only Lo Celso capable of creating something. Attack has already been proved as ineffective. Complete lack of confidence in some of our squad players. If we lose this time to rethink management decision.

    • Wrong team selection? Central defence is lacking in pace? The only other CB option is Vertonghen, who is even slower! Sanchez is injured … CM is lacking in penetration? You don’t say! Who else is there? Clearly Ndombele is incapable of putting a meaningful shift in and out of Winks and Skipp, not surprisingly Mourinho has selected Winks … That’s it, a threadbare squad, due to chronic under-investment by ENIC. We are sure to lose, but this is not a management fault, it’s a failure of ownership.


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