It’s fair to say that the return of the Champions League did not go quite to plan for the English sides this week.
After Liverpool suffered defeat against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday, Tottenham Hotspur could do no better in their tie, losing 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig courtesy of Timo Werner’s penalty.
And, like Liverpool, the reviews from the press in their opponents’ country, this time Germany, weren’t exactly glowing.
Tottenham’s performances wasn’t a good one; indeed, the consensus is that they were quite poor and that’s shown in Germany’s coverage of the game.
For example, BILD’s summary of the game explains how Spurs were ‘too harmless in their attacking’ and unable to ‘compensate for their losses.’ In fact, at one point, Leipzig’s performance left the home side ‘dizzy’.
It’s a similar story in Kicker, who say Leipzig ‘literally rolled over Spurs’ in the early minutes of the game and although Tottenham recovered somewhat, they were ‘only dangerous with freekicks’.
The poor reviews continued elsewhere, with Augsburger-Allgemeine rounding up the rest of the national press’ assessments.
TZ were seemingly left unimpressed by what they saw, stating Tottenham played ‘passively’ and ‘retreated’ for parts of the game.
Abendzeitung are fairer in their assessment, saying the absence of Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane ‘was felt’ by Tottenham.
All in all, not quite the mauling that Liverpool received in Spain but certainly not much for Tottenham to be happy about either.
Like in the tie itself, it seems Spurs have plenty of work on if they are to impress anyone in Germany.