Tottenham’s charismatic trainer José Mourinho faces the promising RB Leipzig of Julian Nagelsmann, in a generation shock in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday, during an evening also marked by the “beginnings” of Atalanta.
On the one hand, an endless track record, two C1s won, a glib that made “Soft”, 57 years old, a world star. On the other, a 32-year-old German prodigy who performs prowess at the head of a talented team.
Their clash promises sparks in London, especially since the “Spurs” have won their last three matches. But the package of Son Heung-min deprives the English of a 2nd goalscorer after Harry Kane.
The German club is playing its first 8th final. If he lost the lead in the Bundesliga, his draw in early February at Bayern (0-0), where Tottenham lost in December (3-1), demonstrated his ability to stand up to the big guys.
Remo Freuler and Atalanta want to continue their adventure in the Champions League. [Paolo Magni – EPA]
Another novice club: Remo Freuler’s Atalanta Bergamo, which faces Valencia in the most open poster of the 8th. The Lombards, who host at the San Siro stadium in Milan, rely on the best attack from Italy to create the surprise.
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