Nagelsmann excited by Spurs clash

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RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann says he cannot wait for the Champions League tussle with Tottenham after the two sides were drawn together in the last 16.

The 32-year-old is seen as one of the best young managers in Europe and was said to be on Spurs’ shortlist to replace the axed Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham until they landed Jose Mourinho.

Nagelsmann has led his Leipzig side to back-to-back top-four finishes and this term shows no sign of being any less of a success, as they sit two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, with reigning champions Bayern Munich in second.

The first leg will be in London at Tottenham’s brand-new billion pound stadium in north London and Nagelsmann is “looking forward” to the challenge.

“Tottenham is a very nice and exciting tie!” he told Leipzig’s Twitter account. “They’re one of Europe’s top teams, playing in a fantastic city with star players who have a lot of experience. It won’t be easy but we’re really looking forward to it, especially playing in that stadium.

“Spurs have a world-class manager in Jose Mourinho. The games will be exciting and we’ll need to put in two top performances. We’re more than capable of doing that. What a tie! We can’t wait!”

Despite a poor start to the Premier League campaign for Tottenham, which cost Pochettino his job, Nagelsmann knows it will not be easy against last season’s beaten finalists.