Hoddle ‘concerned’ for Tottenham after worrying display

Date published: Thursday 20th February 2020 10:11

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Glenn Hoddle is “concerned and a “little bit” worried after Tottenham lost 1-0 to RB Leipzig in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

Spurs, without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, struggled to create chances in the first leg of the last-16 tie and lost courtesy of Timo Werner’s second-half penalty.

Ben Davies gave the spot-kick away with a clumsy challenge on Konrad Laimer in the 56th minute and it leaves the Premier League top-four hopefuls with a deficit to wipe out in the second leg.

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“I’m concerned. I don’t know what they’re doing,” Hoddle said on BT Sport.

“I am a little bit [worried]. I don’t see a team pressing together, and I don’t see a team with good movement when they’ve got possession.

“You’ve got a problem there. And I think playing 4-4-2 in straight lines, there’s nothing wrong with it if you come off the lines and make a three in midfield and you have the strikers with the movement.

“I said it at half-time, they look like a team that are just hoping they’re going to play well, hoping they’ll get a break.

“I don’t see a team like Leipzig – they’ve got shape on the ball, they press, they knew both sides of the game, what they were all about, and you can see they were miles ahead of Tottenham on the night.”

 

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