Police are asking for information after the family of Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen were held at knifepoint during a burglary at their home.

Four men wearing balaclavas stole electrical items before fleeing. Vertonghen's wife and two children were unharmed.

The incident occurred when Vertonghen was away with Spurs for the 3-0 Champions League loss at RB Leipzig this week.

A Tottenham spokesperson said: "They were masked and carrying weapons, including knives and machetes, and demanded to know where the cash and valuables were. 

"Jan's wife was obviously terrified and did as she was told. The group carried out a search and fled with electronic items. 

"The family were obviously terrified, especially given Jan was away with the Spurs squad. 

"The police carried out a scene examination. Some officers did door-to-door checks to warn people and ask if anyone had seen anything as Jan's family were not the only victims and at least one neighbour had been targeted too."

A statement issued by the Metropolitan Police read: "Police were called to a residential address in NW3, at 19.49hrs on Tuesday, 10 March to a report of a burglary. Officers attended.

"It was reported four men wearing balaclavas, armed with knives, had entered the property and stolen a number of items before leaving.

"Nobody was injured. The suspects had left the scene before officers arrived.

"There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue."

Both the police and Tottenham have urged anyone with information that could assist with the enquiry to call 101 and give the reference CAD 7358/10Mar.

The 2019-20 Premier League campaign has been suspended at least until April 3 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been 1,372 confirmed cases of the virus and 35 deaths in the United Kingdom, prompting a pause in the football season.

The disruption comes with Liverpool just two wins away from a first league title in 30 years, while Manchester United are improving in pursuit of Champions League qualification.

With the help of Opta, we take a look at the most interesting facts relating to England's 'Big Six' and their campaigns so far.


LIVERPOOL

- Jurgen Klopp's side are top of the pile but do not look as defensively solid as they did in the 2018-19 season. Liverpool have conceded 21 times in the league so far this term, just one goal fewer than in their entire previous 38-game campaign.

- Roberto Firmino finally ended a long wait for an Anfield goal against Atletico Madrid this week. It was his first home Liverpool strike in 20 games in all competitions since netting against Porto in April 2019, 337 days earlier.

- The Reds were just starting to wobble slightly. With the reverse at home to Atletico, Liverpool have lost four of their past six matches in all competitions – as many defeats as in their previous 67 games.


MANCHESTER CITY

- Manchester City have lost seven Premier League games this season, one more than they had in their previous two campaigns combined.

- Heading into the break, Sergio Aguero had scored 180 Premier League goals for Manchester City. Only Wayne Rooney - 183 for United - has scored more for a single team in the competition's history, with Aguero passing Thierry Henry - 175 for Arsenal - earlier this term.

- Kevin De Bruyne has become the first player to register 15 or more assists in three different Premier League seasons. Only Cesc Fabregas had previously done so in more than one campaign.


CHELSEA

- Chelsea have lost five Premier League home games already this season. Only in 1994-95 - seven times - have they been beaten more often at Stamford Bridge.

- The Blues are also still winless away from home in the league in 2020, drawing three and losing one of their four matches. They last endured a longer such run in the 2015-16 season, failing to taste victory over seven straight away trips.

- Frank Lampard has been reliant on homegrown talent this season. Only Leicester City (31) and Southampton (24) have more goals from English players than Chelsea's 21 - level with United.


MANCHESTER UNITED

- United are unbeaten in 11 in all competitions, but their points return of 45 is still their lowest through 29 games of a Premier League season.

- Bruno Fernandes has inspired their change in fortunes, though, and he has been involved in more Premier League goals (five - two goals, three assists) since his February 1 debut than any other player.

- At 25 years and 86 days old, United have the youngest average starting XI in the Premier League this season.


TOTTENHAM

- No side have kept fewer clean sheets in the Premier League than Tottenham's four this season. The last time they kept so few in the first 29 matches of a campaign was in 2006-07 (also four).

- Spurs are missing Harry Kane (131.18 minutes per goal), Son Heung-min (152.31 mins per goal) and now January signing Steven Bergwijn (280.5 mins per goal) through injury. Dele Alli has the best minutes per goal ratio - 298 - among the rest of the squad in all competitions this season.


ARSENAL

- Arsenal have drawn 13 Premier League games this season - already their highest such tally since 17 in 1993-94.

- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 17 goals have been worth 16 points to Arsenal this season. Only Sadio Mane's 14 goals have been worth more (18 points) to a single club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says "a lot needed to be changed" at Manchester United after Jose Mourinho left the club as he hit back at previous comments made by his predecessor.

Mourinho was sacked by United in December 2018 and replaced by Solskjaer, who impressed during a caretaker stint and landed the job on a permanent basis three months later.

The Portuguese, now at Spurs, claimed in September while working as a TV pundit that United were worse off than when he left the club.

Boosted by the January arrivals of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo, United have hit form by stringing together an 11-match unbeaten run, including eight victories.

Solskjaer was reminded of Mourinho's remarks ahead of Sunday's planned clash with Tottenham, which has now been called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I felt a lot needed to be changed," he said, quoted by several British newspapers. "We've signed four players and lost quite a few and promoted from within, lots of youngsters.

"I don't know how dramatic those changes have been. I don't think it feels dramatic for the squad and the ones that were here. 

"We needed certain pieces in the puzzle and they've worked. It's not just about tactics, it's about the players. I've got great staff. I've got a philosophy I think is worthy of this club."

United are fifth in the Premier League, into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and on the brink of reaching the last eight of the Europa League.

"I'm a red and I think I know what this club needs. I believe we're going places," Solskjaer said. "I believe that we're on the track that Man Utd need to be on. 

"There are different cultures at different clubs and different ways of doing things, and I believe in the way we do things at Man United now.

"I don't necessarily believe in everything we've done before, but at the moment I believe in what we're doing. 

"I think I'm the right man but I'm not going to sit here and talk about that. The proof is in the pudding at the end of the day."

United's form has been in stark contrast to that of Mourinho's Tottenham, who have lost five and drawn one of their last six matches.

Mourinho has complained about injuries to key men, but Solskjaer has taken a swipe at the man he succeeded at United.

Reminded that he has been without Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, Solskjaer said: "Yeah, but I don't talk about those two, do I? 

"I want to focus on the ones who are fit and the ones I have got. There's a chance for new players to challenge for a place in the team. 

"It's part and parcel of this game that you do have injuries. We've managed well without some of our top players this season."

Manchester City or Manchester United?

Harry Kane could reportedly leave Jose Mourinho's Tottenham at the end of the season.

And he could be playing for either Pep Guardiola or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next term.

 

TOP STORY – CITY INTERESTED IN KANE

Manchester City want to rival Manchester United for the signature of Tottenham star Harry Kane, according to 90min.

Kane is reportedly considering his future at Tottenham and Premier League giants United have already been linked to the England striker.

Another Manchester club, City, are also interested in the 26-year-old front man.

 

ROUND-UP

- The Times says all football games in England will be played behind closed doors under government plans to combat coronavirus. The report claims the current season will not be postponed, instead matches in the Premier League and lower divisions are to be staged without fans.

City are prepared to swap players with Inter. Calciomercato reports City are determined to sign Nerazzurri centre-back Milan Skriniar and are prepared to offer full-back Joao Cancelo, who previously played for Inter on loan.

Liverpool are favourites to sign Timo Werner, however, Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona could turn to the RB Leipzig striker if they miss out on Inter star Lautaro Martinez.

Napoli would not reject bids for star defender Kalidou Koulibaly, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. Koulibaly has been linked to the likes of United, City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

- The Daily Mail says Chelsea and Tottenham are eyeing Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Crystal Palace are targeting Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi, according to The Sun. Batshuayi spent the second half of last season on loan at fellow London club Palace.

Julian Nagelsmann hailed RB Leipzig for sticking to their style in their Champions League win over Tottenham.

Marcel Sabitzer's first-half brace and a late goal from Emil Forsberg saw Leipzig beat Spurs 3-0 on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 aggregate success in the last 16.

Nagelsmann was most pleased to see his side stick to their style under the spotlight of a Champions League knockout game.

"We're a young team in the knockout stages for the very first time, we did it without feeling nervous," the Leipzig head coach said, via UEFA.com.

"But the most incredible thing is that the team focused on playing the Leipzig style and in the next round, it's important that doesn't change.

"We didn't adapt too much to Tottenham, we played our way and we did it brilliantly."

Aged 32 years and 231 days, Nagelsmann became the youngest manager to progress from a Champions League knockout tie.

The former Hoffenheim boss felt Leipzig were deserving winners against Jose Mourinho's men.

"I'm totally happy because we're through to the next round, but I'm totally happy as well because, in the end, it's fully deserved," Nagelsmann said.

"We scored four, conceded none, were the better team than Tottenham and we were the better team today."

Jose Mourinho believes no team in the world would be able to cope with the injuries Tottenham have had to endure.

Tottenham limped out of the Champions League on Tuesday as they were beaten 3-0 by RB Leipzig in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Errors from Hugo Lloris helped Marcel Sabitzer put Leipzig in command with a first-half double before substitute Emil Forsberg rounded off a 4-0 aggregate triumph late on.

It meant Spurs' hopes of winning a trophy this season came to an end, and they also face an uphill battle to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Tottenham have been without Son Heung-min since February because of a broken arm, while a hamstring injury has kept fellow forward Harry Kane on the sideline since New Year's Day.

Full-back Ben Davies missed the trip to Leipzig with a hamstring problem and Davinson Sanchez was also absent, with Spurs' defence ran ragged by Leipzig on the counter.

Asked in his post-match media conference what problems beyond injuries contributed to the defeat, Mourinho replied: "It's difficult for me to speak about injuries, but you want me to speak about other things when the obvious problems relate to accumulation of injuries?

"If you want to make a mental exercise and imagine Leipzig tonight without Sabitzer, [Patrik] Schick, [Timo] Werner, do you think they would win the way they did?

"You want to make an exercise of Liverpool without [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane, [Jordan] Henderson, Barcelona without [Antoine] Griezmann, [Lionel] Messi, [Luis] Suarez, [Gerard] Pique, you want to make this exercise with every team in the world? I think every team in the world would struggle with five or six of their most important players missing.

"It's as simple as that and to look at in a very pragmatic and simple way, it's as simple as that. 

"All the players on Leipzig would play, Forsberg would play, [Yussuf] Poulsen would, all of them would play in this moment in my team.

"I know that automatically our team will improve next season with these players [returning from injury], but we also know we have to improve in other areas.

"Our problems don't end with injuries but no team in the world would cope with injuries for such a long time. You can cope for one or two matches you cannot cope for three or four months, it's too much."

Spurs are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four behind fifth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League. Fifth would secure Champions League football if Manchester City's ban from the competition stands.

"With the squad we have at the moment it's going to be very, very difficult," Mourinho said of their prospects of qualification. "We have matches to play, we have matches to fight. It's not like we cannot fight. We are going to fight."

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is on the worst run of his managerial career after his side suffered a 3-0 Champions League defeat at RB Leipzig.

A pair of goals from Marcel Sabitzer, aided by errors from Hugo Lloris, gave Leipzig control of the second leg of the last-16 tie at the Red Bull Arena.

Emil Forsberg rounded things off with a late goal to make it a 4-0 aggregate triumph for Leipzig as Tottenham's streak of games without a victory in all competitions was extended to six games.

That is the longest winless run in Mourinho's career, which has spanned 935 matches. 

It is a sequence encompassing the first leg against Leipzig, which ended in a 1-0 reverse, as well as Premier League losses to Chelsea and Wolves, an FA Cup penalty shoot-out loss to Norwich City and a 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Spurs will seek to end that streak when they welcome Mourinho's old club, Manchester United, to north London on Sunday.

As Tottenham's Champions League dreams unravelled in line with Jose Mourinho's drip-drip doomsaying, it was tempting to wonder how the Spurs boss might have talked up RB Leipzig's chances were he in the stylish shoes of opposite number Julian Nagelsmann.

How could you expect success for a team looking to Manchester City's third choice left-back, who was parachuted in as a loan January signing, for a chunk of their attacking threat?

And what about your star striker being unable to train for two weeks, cruelly robbing him of match sharpness?

Oh, that's before you consider he must line up in a front three alongside a Paris Saint-Germain reject and a big money flop sent packing by Roma.

Of course, Angelino produced a rip-roaring display in this thumping 3-0 win to crown a 4-0 aggregate triumph – raiding relentlessly down the Tottenham right and setting up Marcel Sabitzer's second of the evening after seeing a fit-again Timo Werner convert his earlier low cross from an offside position.

Had Werner entered this match with ideal preparation under his belt, he might have left Eric Dier marooned permanently in another dimension. Particularly before half-time, the Spurs defender needed every ounce of his commendable grit as the Germany striker tore into him repeatedly.

Dier's attempt to clear Angelino's cross that led to the third goal from substitute Emile Forsberg was that of a performer battered and broken by thankless exertions.

Alongside Werner, Christopher Nkunku and Patrik Schick were winning duals and shuttling with creative intent. You could not spot any lingering effect from the back-to-back draws domestically that have checked Leipzig's Bundesliga title ambitions this month.

Theirs was a performance of purpose, belief and riotous swagger, at least until the final half an hour when they slowed the tempo and tightened the control, squeezing any last lingering drop of Amsterdam fuelled belief in the improbable from a forlorn Tottenham side.

Special legacy compounds ordinary present

Dayot Upamecano imperiously commanded the Leipzig backline, with the sort of performance John Terry or Marco Materazzi might have supplied in one of Mourinho's great sides.

All the Special One has now are those special memories.

It really is remarkable how quickly this latest scene in the increasingly torturous third act of his career has reverted to recent type.

Mourinho gave a sparky, twinkle-eyed news conference on November 21 last year after he succeeded Mauricio Pochettino. Following three consecutive wins - albeit with six goals conceded - in all competitions - Tottenham were beaten by Manchester United on December 4.

Thirteen days. There ended a honeymoon period shorter than many honeymoons. Spurs did not win consecutive games again until another burst of three in a row at the start of February. They have not won since, with Leipzig extending this slump to six outings.

During this time, Mourinho has played the hits no one wanted to hear. Sure, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min's injuries leave him significantly compromised in attack, but talent remains. Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura – the hero of that unforgettable Ajax comeback – are not woe-is-me no hopers.

To quote Alli in his interview to BT Sport immediately afterwards: "We can't use that as an excuse, we still have quality on the pitch."

No romance in tough love

Tanguy Ndombele has copped frequent public criticism, presumably because the tactic worked so well with Paul Pogba. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who clatters from one accident-prone 90 minutes to the next at the moment, should be grateful he isn't a rangy and gifted midfielder. Mourinho really would be fuming then.

But even when the old tricks had lost their shine, Mourinho was still capable of putting together robust defensive outfits.

Tottenham have kept three clean sheets in his 26 matches in charge, with just Aston Villa (42) conceding more than their 37 during this period. Villa's fellow Premier League relegation candidates Brighton and Hove Albion and Bournemouth are the only teams with fewer shutouts since Mourinho's November appointment.

Don't worry, though, because he's a serial winner, trophies in every job. Well, roll on 2020-21 for that part of the dubious bargain after Leipzig followed Norwich City in making a mockery of supposedly favourable cup draws.

This man for the big occasion is without a Champions League knockout win since April 2014. All that remains is the top-four race in the Premier League. Tottenham are eighth and host a revitalised United on Sunday.

Nagelsmann's brilliant Leipzig shone a blazing light on this uncomfortable body of evidence that begs an uncomfortable question concerning one of this century's defining football figures: if you are a club with elite ambitions in Europe, why on earth would you ever appoint Jose Mourinho?

Tottenham's hopes of repeating last season's run to the Champions League final came to an end as RB Leipzig eased into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 second-leg win.

Spurs could be considered fortunate to only lose 1-0 in the first leg in London after being outplayed by the Bundesliga title chasers, and Jose Mourinho's men were very much on the back foot again at Red Bull Arena.

A comeback akin to Tottenham's incredible turnaround in the semi-final against Ajax in Amsterdam last term was never on the cards, with captain Hugo Lloris enduring a nightmare evening as Leipzig skipper Marcel Sabitzer scored twice.

Lloris made contact with each of Sabitzer's efforts but failed to keep them out, Leipzig's last-eight place booked in routine fashion as Spurs limped to a 4-0 aggregate defeat sealed by substitute Emil Forsberg's late goal.

Tottenham's task became a more arduous one in the 10th minute as, after Timo Werner's initial shot was blocked, the forward laid the ball off for Sabitzer, whose well-struck effort from the edge of the area proved too hot for Lloris to handle.

Werner had the ball in net nine minutes later but his point-blank strike from Angelino's left-wing cross was correctly ruled out for offside.

However, Leipzig's lead on the night was doubled soon after as Lloris was caught napping by Sabitzer. The France goalkeeper again got a touch, but was unable to prevent Sabitzer sneaking his near-post header from Angelino's delivery over the line.

Peter Gulacsi got down to his right to deny Giovani Lo Celso a goal that would have given Spurs hope, and Lloris had to be similarly alert at the other end after Eric Dier's clearance deflected off Patrik Schick and towards goal.

A low-key second half saw Leipzig reduced largely to efforts from long range, and though Julian Nagelsmann's men were perhaps guilty of taking their foot off the gas, they never looked like being punished for it.

There was one moment of concern for the home side, with Nordi Mukiele struck in the face with the ball, although he was able to sit up before being taken off on a stretcher.

Dele Alli's shot straight at Gulacsi was the best Spurs could muster, summing up Tottenham's lack of goal threat without the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Forsberg pounced to add late gloss with his first touch after an Angelino cross was not properly cleared.

 

What does it mean? Trophy-less Tottenham ruthlessly exposed

Tottenham may have been without Kane and Son, but there was fallibility elsewhere on the pitch that was laid bare as Leipzig ran riot on the counter-attack. The hosts could have won by a greater margin and Tottenham now face an uphill battle to contest next season's Champions League. They are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with nine Premier League games to play.

Angelino at his best

Leipzig signed Angelino on loan from Manchester City in January and that move is looking ever more astute. Angelino ran Serge Aurier ragged down the left and had a hand in two goals.

Hugo's horror show

Lloris has previously received criticism for making too many errors for a goalkeeper of his ability and reputation, and he can expect to come under scrutiny again after his mistakes allowed Sabitzer to put the tie beyond Tottenham.

What's next?

Leipzig, who trail Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich by five points, host Freiburg on Saturday. Mourinho welcomes former club Manchester United to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a day later.

Tottenham and Valencia each face uphill battles ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second legs.

Spurs, rocked by injuries in attack, go to RB Leipzig trailing 1-0 from their home leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium three weeks ago.

Valencia's hopes of progression are even more remote after a thumping 4-1 defeat at Atalanta. They will play the home second leg without the backing of supporters, too, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

We take a look at the key Opta statistics ahead of the two fixtures.
 

RB Leipzig v Tottenham

1 - Tottenham have only lost one of their five away Champions League games in Germany (W2 D2), although that defeat came earlier this season at Bayern Munich.

8 - Spurs have been eliminated in eight of their past 10 major European knockout ties when they have lost the first leg. But they overturned a deficit the previous time this happened against Ajax in last season's Champions League semi-finals.

4 - Four of Leipzig's past five Champions League goals have been penalties. Only Barcelona in 2011-12 (five) have ever scored more than four spot-kicks in a single campaign.

6 - Timo Werner is yet to find the net in six home Champions League appearances, attempting 22 shots without success. In away games, he has seven goals from 14 shots. Werner has scored more Champions League goals without netting at home than any other player in the competition's history.

7 - Jose Mourinho has lost more away Champions League games in Germany (seven) than in any other country.

Valencia v Atalanta

4 - Only four of the previous 36 teams to lose the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie by three or more goals have then progressed. However, two have been Spanish sides – Deportivo La Coruna in 2003-04 versus Milan and Barcelona in 2016-17 versus Paris Saint-Germain.

3 - In the first leg, Atalanta became only the third team to score four goals in their first ever Champions League knockout match, after Manchester United (4-0 versus Porto in 1996-97) and opponents Valencia (5-2 versus Lazio in 1999-00).

9 - Valencia are winless in nine Champions League knockout matches (D5 L4) and have not scored three goals in such a game since winning 3-0 against Leeds United in May 2001.

0 - The Serie A side are yet to have an Italian scorer in the Champions League this season. But their 12 goals have been scored by 10 different players of nine different nationalities. Only Arsenal in 2009-10, Manchester United in 2010-11 and Borussia Dortmund in 2016-17 have had 10 different nationalities net in one campaign.

6 - Atalanta scored with six of their first 29 shots on target in the Champions League this season but have since found the net with six of their previous eight, including their four most recent shots on target in their 4-1 win in the first leg.

Daniel Levy is known as a difficult negotiator.

The Tottenham chairman squeezed every penny out of United when the Red Devils turned to Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.

United also reportedly pulled out of the running for Luka Modric, who joined Real Madrid in 2012, as they did not want to haggle with Levy.

However, United could be ready to lock horns with Levy over Harry Kane's signature.

 

TOP STORY – WOODWARD READY TO BATTLE LEVY FOR KANE

Manchester United and Ed Woodward are ready to battle for the signing of Tottenham star Harry Kane, according to the Evening Standard.

Kane is reportedly considering his future at Tottenham and the England international striker is believed to be open to a switch to United at the end of the season.

United are yet to permanently replace Romelu Lukaku and Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward reportedly wants to lock horns with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

 

ROUND-UP

- Could United beat Borussia Dortmund to Jude Bellingham? Birmingham City's 16-year-old sensation Bellingham visited United's training ground on Monday and reportedly spoke to former manager Alex Ferguson as the Red Devils ramp up their interest. Bellingham is valued at around £30million.

- David Beckham's Inter Miami want to sign Manchester City star David Silva, reports The Mirror. Silva, out of contract at the end of the season, has been linked to fellow MLS franchise New York City – who are the sister club of Manchester City and part of the City Football Group.

- Tuttosport claims Juventus are targeting Valencia attacker Ferran Torres. The 20-year-old has also been linked to LaLiga champions Barcelona, Real Madrid and Premier League leaders Liverpool.

United are prepared to pay £70m for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, says The Mirror. Grealish has emerged as one of United's prime transfer targets and the Red Devils are ready to test Villa's resolve as the Premier League strugglers face relegation.

Paris Saint-Germain continue to target Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. PSG have identified Koulibaly as Thiago Silva's replacement but Calciomercato says it will be difficult for the Ligue 1 holders to lower Napoli's demands. Koulibaly – also linked to the likes of United, Madrid, Tottenham and Manchester City – reportedly has a €150m termination clause.

- Kicker says Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are considering signing on-loan Inter winger Ivan Perisic at season's end.

Jose Mourinho does not expect Steven Bergwijn to play for Tottenham again this season, but he still believes his side can recover their Champions League tie against RB Leipzig.

Spurs revealed on Monday that Bergwijn had suffered a "significant" sprain to his left knee during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Burnley.

The injury further limits Tottenham's attacking options, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min already out until the closing weeks of the campaign.

Left-back Ben Davies will not be available against Leipzig either, with Mourinho's men trailling 1-0 after the first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The head coach still has hope heading to Red Bull Arena, however.

Reflecting on Spurs' latest injury misfortune at his pre-match media conference, Mourinho said: "I can believe it.

"Ben [will be] one week, two weeks. With Steven, I don't expect him to play again this season.

"We're used to it. I'd say we were psychologically more down with the other injuries, because when you've got four or five injuries, what's six or seven?

"We are losing 1-0 at half-time. We were losing 1-0 at half-time two days ago [against Burnley]. It's something that's happened to us a few times this season.

"You ask me how can you score two goals without Kane, Son or Bergwijn, but there are many ways to score goals.

"A Leipzig player could even do what Antonio Rudiger did and score for us [an own goal in Chelsea's 2-1 win]."

Defeat would end Tottenham's hopes of silverware for another season, having exited the FA Cup last week, but Mourinho is confident he will deliver success during his tenure.

"I believe that Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware," he said. "I won at every club and I believe I'm going to do it at Tottenham."

Dele Alli acknowledged the blow of losing Bergwijn, but he is adamant Spurs cannot feel sorry for themselves.

"I think obviously firstly it's difficult to see Steve get injured, a new guy and a top guy," said the England international.

"I've shown that I like scoring goals, although it's probably not my most natural position. But we can't just get our violins out. We need to step up."

Julian Nagelsmann is expecting Timo Werner to be fit to start RB Leipzig's Champions League last-16 second leg against Tottenham after recovering from a thigh issue.

The muscle problem hindered Germany international Werner last week, and he started on the bench for the goalless Bundesliga draw at Wolfsburg.

However, Werner appeared as a 60th-minute substitute and is now in line to return to the Leipzig XI at home to Spurs, with the German club leading 1-0 after the first leg.

"Timo trained as normal [on Sunday]," said Nagelsmann on Monday. "If things go as normal today and tomorrow, he will start."

Meanwhile, Nagelsmann is relieved the match will go ahead in front of a full Red Bull Arena amid postponements elsewhere due to the coronavirus crisis.

Numerous sporting events across the world have been cancelled as the death toll tops 3,800.

The Champions League clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors, as will Valencia's second leg against Atalanta.

Nagelsmann said: "It would have been a disadvantage for us to play with Tottenham fans in London and now we would have to go without them.

"We are happy that the crowd is there. First and foremost, it is about keeping an eye on the health factor."

He added of any the possibility of domestic fixture changes: "In the Bundesliga, it has to be fair. You have to find a uniform solution.

"One result in one stadium also influences the situation of another club in another stadium. You cannot differentiate between regions in which more or less infected people live."

Tottenham's injury woes continue to mount after it was revealed Steven Bergwijn had sustained a "significant" left ankle sprain in Premier League action against Burnley on Saturday.

The January signing from PSV, who has scored two goals in seven games in all competitions for Spurs, completed the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

But head coach Jose Mourinho had earlier bemoaned the workload for his players, who exited the FA Cup last week but are still in the Champions League.

Bergwijn has been forced to play through the middle, along with Dele Alli and Lucas Moura, in the absence of injured attacking stars Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

England captain Kane posted a video update of his return to training on Monday, but he is not expected back in the first team until May.

No estimated return date was given for Bergwijn, meanwhile, with a Tottenham statement adding: "The Netherlands international will now undergo an extended period of rehabilitation where his progress will continue to be assessed."

The 22-year-old will be a big miss for Spurs in their Champions League last-16 second leg at RB Leipzig.

Mourinho's men are 1-0 down following the home leg as they visit the Bundesliga side on Tuesday.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has confirmed a transfer to Inter was his preferred option during the January transfer window, even though he was also wanted by Lazio, Tottenham and Lyon.

Giroud was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after starting only two Premier League games this season prior to January.

The France striker ultimately remained part of Frank Lampard's Chelsea squad and has since enjoyed more regular action amid Tammy Abraham's injury troubles.

However, L'Equipe quotes the 33-year-old as telling Telefoot: "I saw myself elsewhere after experiencing six complicated months. I did everything to leave - it's true.

"Inter was the priority, and there was also contact with Lazio and Tottenham. But circumstances meant that Chelsea blocked it. It was not my choice."

Giroud also revealed he spoke to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, adding: "He did call me. I told him that I was flattered but that the priority, at the time, was Inter."

While he was disappointed not to leave Chelsea, Giroud can at least take heart from the fact he has started the club's last two Premier League games, scoring in a valuable win over Tottenham.

"After [the move did not happen], either you die or you go back to battle to win your place," he explained.

"The coach had promised me more playing time, which he did [provide]."

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