RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann explained the mix-up that led to his players wearing different shirts during their win over Tottenham.

Timo Werner's 58th-minute penalty saw Leipzig overcome Spurs 1-0 in London in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

However, there was confusion as fans spotted the front-of-shirt sponsor was different from one Leipzig player to the next, with some white and others red and yellow.

"On the way from the hotel the kit wasn't complete in the different boxes," Nagelsmann told a news conference.

"It wasn't on the bus, and that's why there was a bit of a mix-up. It'll certainly be sorted out for the second leg. We'll have the right kit."

Werner's spot-kick gave Leipzig a deserved victory heading into the second leg of the last-16 tie against last season's runners-up.

Nagelsmann was pleased with his side's performance and felt they could have an even bigger advantage ahead of the home leg on March 10.

"I think it was tricky in the end because we didn't score the second goal," he said.

"In the game, over the 90 minutes, in the first half we controlled the game bar one chance from [Steven] Bergwijn. We had a lot of good possession and we played in a very mature way in the first half.

"We really should have taken the lead in the first five minutes. Young teams become impatient and think you have to score a goal away in the first leg of the Champions League tie but they weren't like that. They were more patient and defended well against Tottenham's counter-attacking game.

"I think [Lukas] Klostermann had a very good game and I think the players performed well.

"In the second half, we controlled the game up until the 75th minute. We should have scored again, with two or three really good attacks. Then it's normal.

"Tottenham have [Erik] Lamela and we are a bit tired and we ended up with one goal. It was exciting, we gave our all, Peter [Gulacsi] made a couple of good saves but they were from efforts 25 metres out. In the end we defended well at a corner.

"Over the 90 minutes we deserved the win – and we could have won by more."

Hugo Lloris said Tottenham must dare to dream of another Champions League comeback after a 1-0 home defeat to RB Leipzig.

The first-leg loss in the last-16 tie puts Spurs in trouble, needing to find a big performance when the teams meet again in Germany on March 10.

Timo Werner's penalty settled the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium clash, with Lloris named man of the match by England boss Gareth Southgate after a string of saves that kept Leipzig at bay until the 56th minute.

Injury-hit Tottenham began slowly and three times in the opening 90 seconds Leipzig threatened to open the scoring.

But Spurs improved in the closing quarter of the game and Lucas Moura might have done better with a late header that he sent over the crossbar.

Given their heroics against Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals last year, when Spurs came from 3-0 behind on aggregate to go through on away goals, Lloris knows not to give up hope.

He says Tottenham can "try to create another story".

"I want to stay positive, especially after what we have seen in the last 20 minutes," Lloris said. "Obviously if we had started in the same way we finished, probably the score would have been different, but there's a second leg so we still have options.

"It wasn't the best result, but we have to deal with that. We are still there.

"It's true we have to give a lot of credit for Leipzig. They pressed very high and they're a very, very good team with a lot of energy. They run a lot.

"It's not easy, but we had some situations we could have maybe managed better. But it's football and now we have another big game on Saturday [against Chelsea in the Premier League]."

Tottenham have been hit hard by the loss of star strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, with both players facing a battle to get back onto the field before the end of the season.

It has left head coach Jose Mourinho with a major challenge as he bids to guide the team into next season's Champions League, while also fighting in this term's competition and in the FA Cup.

"With all the circumstances against us in the last few weeks, the last few months, we need to stay positive," Lloris told BT Sport.

"It's not the time to give up or to find excuses. We have to fight until the end. There's plenty of games in front of us. We're not really happy with the result, but we have to deal with that.

"We did it last season so let's hope. With our fans, let's try to create another story."

RB Leipzig star Timo Werner said he was "very proud" to be linked with a move to Liverpool, labelling the Premier League side the world's best.

Werner, 23, has been linked with the European champions after scoring 26 goals in 32 games for Leipzig this season.

The Germany international's second-half penalty helped Leipzig to a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Speaking afterwards, Werner discussed the reports linking him with a move to Liverpool and the forward did little to play down a possible switch.

"Liverpool is the best team in the world at the moment and when you're linked with that team it makes me very proud but in case of that it's a pleasure," he told Viasport.

"But I know that in Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself to learn much more things to get on this level to play there."

Werner's 58th-minute spot-kick against Spurs in London has Leipzig on track to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

But the 29-time Germany international warned his side there was work to do against Tottenham, who produced a thrilling comeback away to Ajax in last season's semi-finals.

"Tottenham is a good team, they showed last year that they have the mentality that they can come back in these games," Werner said.

"We have to do the same like today and we have a good start for the first half [of the tie] and we will go on."

Jose Mourinho mounted a passionate defence of his Tottenham stars but admitted they are "really in trouble" on the fitness front after a 1-0 home defeat against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

Tottenham's first-leg loss in the last-16 tie on Wednesday leaves last season's Champions League runners-up with a major challenge for the second match, which takes place in Germany on March 10.

Timo Werner's penalty for Leipzig settled the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium clash midweek, with the home side struggling to make an impression against the visiting defence until the closing stages.

Losing Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to injuries this year has left Tottenham with a lack of bite in attack, and that showed against Leipzig.

Mourinho even revealed Erik Lamela was thrust into action off the bench despite having been unable to train with the first team after an injury lay-off.

When it was suggested to him that the "real Spurs" showed up in the closing stages of the match, Mourinho was triggered and said: "What do you mean, the real Spurs?

"Come on, let's be loyal to the boys and tell that they did everything they could do."

He outlined the injury strife that has weakened his hand for such big matches, and despite believing Spurs might still turn around the Leipzig tie, Mourinho is worried his remaining fit players will soon tire.

"I thank the fans for their support to the boys and what I'm worried with is not with the 1-0. The 1-0 is an open result. There is the possibility we can go there and win the tie," he told BT Sport.

"What worries me is these are our players for the next I don't know how many matches.

"We have to play in two days again [on Saturday at Chelsea]. You could see Lucas [Moura], absolutely dead; [Steven] Bergwijn, absolutely dead; [Giovani] Lo Celso, dead.

"So we can look at it in two perspectives. One perspective is I'm so proud of them and they did absolutely fantastic. Another perspective is that that's our situation. We are really in trouble.

"What worries me is we have Premier League and FA Cup to play as well and that is our situation."

Mourinho is clearly staggered his players have a 12:30 GMT kick-off against his former club Chelsea on Saturday.

He made that point, speaking to the same broadcaster which will show the Premier League match.

After offering added praise to his players, saying he "couldn't be happier to have guys like them", Mourinho added: "But here we go, and Chelsea [will have been] drinking sparkling water with lemon and watching the game on TV.

"And Saturday morning, thank you very much for the choice."

Timo Werner gave RB Leipzig a richly deserved first-leg lead in their Champions League last-16 clash with Tottenham as the Germans turned on the style in London.

The Bundesliga title-chasers spurned chance after chance, including three big opportunities in the opening 90 seconds, before Werner's penalty - his 26th goal of the season - early in the second half brought them a 1-0 victory.

Hamstrung by the absence of the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Tottenham had little bite in attack, with Lucas Moura ineffective in the central role, but they have a gem in Giovani Lo Celso who twice went close to an equaliser that would have flattered the hosts.

Tottenham's hopes of another run to the Champions League final look bleak, but Jose Mourinho must know his team could have been effectively out of this tie already ahead of the March 10 second leg in Leipzig.

Patrick Schick shot a yard wide, Angelino rattled the near post from a tight angle on the left, and Werner should have stuck away a close-range chance inside the first minute and a half of a blistering start from Leipzig.

At the other end, Peter Gulacsi had to stretch to turn away a curling shot from Steven Bergwijn that was heading for the bottom right corner.

Schick then headed no more than a foot wide from a corner as Tottenham, with their defence a nervy rabble, again came under siege. Memories came flooding back of their last encounter with German opposition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a 7-2 unpicking by Bayern Munich in October.

Werner had a glorious chance in the 35th minute after being slipped in to the left of goal, but the Germany international prodded straight at Lloris.

Leipzig finally had an opportunity they surely would not spurn in the 56th minute when Ben Davies hacked down Konrad Laimer, and this time the prolific Werner beat Lloris, his skidding penalty finding the bottom-left corner.

Tottenham almost found a swift equaliser, Gulasci clutching well to keep out Lo Celso's fizzing strike, before Schick missed an even better chance to make it 2-0 to Leipzig.

Gulasci made another fine stop to keep out a free-kick from Lo Celso, who was Tottenham's most impressive outfield player by a distance, before Lucas headed over a glaring late chance.

The Premier League side got what they deserved though. And on a night when he became the youngest ever boss to lead a team in a Champions League knockout match, at the age of 32 years and 211 days, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann saw his give themselves a great change of progressing.

What does it mean?

Spurs are just about alive in this tie, and they improved after going behind, but they were a shambles in defence for large stretches and had Leipzig's haphazard finishing to thank for staying on level terms for so long. With Kane and Son out of contention for the second leg, it is hard to see any outcome but the Germans advancing to the quarter-finals.

Lloris keeps Spurs in it

French World Cup winner Lloris might have a clanger in him, but he made some vital saves for Tottenham here. He had a stroke of luck, arguably, when Angelino's shot hit him and bounced to safety off the post, but Spurs will go to Germany with hope still thanks to their number one.

Schick and Werner might have buried sorry hosts

Leipzig will appreciate they should have capitalised on their first-half dominance, and it was one of those nights when their front two of Werner and Schick were always busy and giving the Tottenham defence a hard time, but without being able to find a finish in open play.

What's next?

Tottenham have a big Premier League trip to Mourinho's former club Chelsea on Saturday, with the hosts fourth in the table and Spurs sitting fifth. Leipzig have their eye on the Bundesliga title and travel to face Schalke on Saturday.

Lucas Moura looks set to lead the line for injury-hit Tottenham's Champions League round of 16 first leg against RB Leipzig in the absence of Son Heung-min.

Son faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured arm in Spurs' Premier League win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

With Harry Kane still absent due to a hamstring injury, Tottenham are without a recognised striker in the starting line-up to face Leipzig on Wednesday.

It appears Alli could move into a more advanced role, with Lucas up top and Steven Bergwijn also offering support along with Giovani Lo Celso.

Jose Mourinho has made two changes to his starting line-up for the clash at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Gedson Fernandes and Lo Celso coming into the side as Eric Dier drops to the bench 

Timo Werner will provide Leipzig's main attacking threat in a contest that will see Julian Nagelsmann become the youngest manager to take charge of a Champions League knockout match at the age of 32.

 

Jose Mourinho is hoping to end a six-year wait to win a Champions League last-16 tie when Tottenham take on RB Leipzig.

The Spurs boss has suffered frustration in Europe's elite club competition since taking Chelsea to the last four back in 2014.

Tottenham are at home for the first leg against Leipzig, a team they have never played before, with Atalanta taking on Valencia in the other game to take place on Wednesday.

Here, we highlight the best Opta stats for the two Champions League fixtures.

 

Tottenham v RB Leipzig

6 - Mourinho last made it past the round of 16 of the Champions League six years ago, leading Chelsea to the semi-finals in 2013-14. It is also nearly 10 years since he last reached the final, with Inter in 2010.

9 - Son Heung-min has scored nine goals in his past 10 Champions League starts. In the knockout stages with Spurs, his record is five goals in seven starts.

20 - The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has seen more goals than any other venue in this season's Champions League (20 goals; 11 for Tottenham, 9 against).

11 - Between them, Timo Werner (6) and Emil Forsberg (5) have scored over half of RB Leipzig's all-time goals in the Champions League (55 per cent, 11 out of 20).

1 - Only one of Spurs' 21 Champions League home games has ended in a draw (0-0 v Milan in March 2011).

Atalanta v Valencia

0 - Atalanta have never played Valencia, or indeed any Spanish team, in a competitive fixture before.

1 - The Italian team are the first Champions League debutants to make it to the knockout stages of the Champions League since Leicester City in 2016-17. The English side were eventually knocked out in the quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid.

13 - Valencia are in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2012-13. It has been 13 years since they last made it past the round of 16 (2006-07).

3 - Atalanta are the first team to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League in its current format after losing their opening three group games.

4 - Rodrigo Moreno has been involved in four goals in five Champions League games this season (two goals, two assists). That is more than in his previous 24 matches in the competition, from which he produced two goals and one assist.

Julian Nagelsmann insists it will not be a case of Mourinho v Baby Mourinho when his RB Leipzig side visit Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Nagelsmann, previously dubbed 'Baby Mourinho' in Germany will take charge of his maiden Champions League knockout game in the last-16 first-leg encounter with Jose Mourinho's Spurs.

However, the 32-year-old, who is the youngest coach in the Champions League, was quick to shift the focus away from the battle of wits in the dugout at his pre-match media conference.

He said: "It is only a game between Leipzig and Tottenham. Eight years ago, Tim Wiese [former Hoffenheim goalkeeper] called me Baby Mourinho, but that was only for two weeks. After that he called me Julian again.

"Tomorrow it is Leipzig against Tottenham, not Mourinho v Baby Mourinho.

"The respect I have for him is enormous. He has won countless titles, not just with major clubs, and helped shape European football.

"The victories with Porto in the UEFA Cup and Champions League in a short time were very impressive. 

"I read today that it will be his 59th knockout game in the Champions League. It will be the first for me!

"He has an aura that can captivate you. I'm really looking forward to getting to know him."

Nagelsmann has gained many admirers for his work at Hoffenheim and Leipzig and was strongly linked with the Tottenham job prior to Mauricio Pochettino's sacking in November.

Asked if he nearly became Tottenham boss when Pochettino departed, Nagelsmann replied: "Me? No."

Leipzig topped a group containing Lyon, Benfica and Zenit Saint Petersburg to reach the last 16 for the first time, but Nagelsmann downplayed the magnitude of the first leg in north London.

"I have a certain nervousness before every game," he said. "But it is not the most important game in the club's history. Of course, we want to reach the next round. But it is only the first leg."

Jose Mourinho does not anticipate following Barcelona's lead and trying to sign an emergency striker for Tottenham as he joked former Spurs forward Peter Crouch would be his first port of call.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Son Heung-min had joined fellow Tottenham attacker Harry Kane on the sidelines after he fractured his arm in Sunday's 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

Mourinho revealed he does not expect Son to play again this season, while Kane also faces a battle to return from a torn hamstring injury sustained in January.

LaLiga giants Barcelona are thought to be pursuing signing an emergency striker outside the transfer window due to Ousmane Dembele's long-term injury, though Mourinho does not think Spurs could attempt to do likewise as he quipped Crouch could fill the void.

"I didn't [explore that possibility]," Mourinho said of signing an emergency striker.

"I was not aware of that possibility. I don't think it's possible, honestly, I don't think it's possible.

"[Maybe] Peter Crouch!"

Crouch spent two seasons with Spurs between 2009 and 2011 and he scored seven times in 10 games during their 2010-11 Champions League campaign.

Without Son and Kane, Mourinho may have to resort to playing one of Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn or Dele Alli in an unfamiliar central-attacking berth.

Tottenham do have one striker in their senior squad in 18-year-old Troy Parrott.

Yet, with a Champions League last-16 clash against RB Leipzig preceding a Premier League showdown against fellow top-four hopefuls Chelsea this week, Mourinho is not prepared to roll the dice on a teenager who has played only 71 minutes across all competitions this term.

"My thoughts are that Parrott is not ready and [Ryan] Sessegnon is not a striker," Mourinho added in a news conference with reporters ahead of the home leg against Leipzig.

Son Heung-min has suffered a likely season-ending arm injury, leaving Jose Mourinho to admit "the situation couldn't be worse" in terms of Tottenham's attacking options.

Spurs confirmed Son fractured his arm in the 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday and said the South Korea international, who scored twice in that game, including a stoppage-time winner, would be out "for a number of weeks".

Mourinho later expanded on that timeframe, revealing he did not expect the 27-year-old to be available again this term.

"I don't [count on him playing again this season]," the Portuguese told reporters prior to the first leg of Spurs' Champions League last-16 clash with RB Leipzig.

"If he plays one game or two games, it's because [Tottenham's press officer] is very optimistic and because I hope he's right. I hope he's right.

"But in my mind, no. In my mind I'm not thinking about that."

Son's absence further depletes Mourinho's attacking options ahead of crucial fixtures against Leipzig and Chelsea, one of their rivals for a top-four spot in the Premier League.

Harry Kane underwent surgery on a torn hamstring injury suffered at Southampton on New Year's Day and faces a battle to return before the end of the campaign himself.

"The situation couldn't be worse in terms of options," added Mourinho, who may be forced to utilise Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn or Dele Alli as an unorthodox spearhead for his attack.

"It's a very, very obvious situation. There is nothing that you can do.

"We are going to play with the players that we have available. The players are going to give absolutely everything, which is what they are doing.

"In some periods I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench, now I don't have attacking options on the pitch."

Spurs do have 18-year-old striker Troy Parrott in their ranks, but Mourinho stressed the teenager "is not ready", while adding he does not consider Ryan Sessegnon as a possible candidate for that role either.

The situation led Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November, to use a bizarre analogy to explain the club's predicament.

"When we arrived, we were in the minus 12 floor, we got the stairs and we started climbing," he said.

"But immediately in the beginning the stairs broke so we were in trouble. We were trying to find a way. We found a way, we start climbing, lots of work, lots of effort and we start going and going.

"Then 11th floor and when we are arriving on the fourth floor, which is where we wanted to arrive, someone came and took the stairs away so we are now in trouble. Now we are with our arms on the balcony on the fourth floor.

“Now we have two options. One, is to give up and fall and normally die because it's the fourth floor. Another way is to fight with what we have. No stairs but arms. So we are going to be on that balcony fighting with everything that we have."

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will be out for "a number of weeeks" after fracturing his right arm, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

The South Korea international suffered the blow during Sunday’s 3-2 win at Aston Villa, in which he scored two goals - including a stoppage-time winner.

Spurs revealed that Son will undergo surgery this week, which is a major setback as they prepare for Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 clash with RB Leipzig.

Son will also be absent for a crunch spell of Premier League fixtures, including a London derby with Chelsea on Saturday, as Tottenham bid to secure a Champions League spot.

News of the injury comes as a crushing blow to Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who has been relying on Son to lead to provide firepower in the continuing absence of Harry Kane.

England captain Kane is battling to return before the end of the season after undergoing surgery on a torn hamstring injury suffered at Southampton on New Year’s Day.

Tottenham revealed in a statement: "Following surgery, our medical staff shall be reviewing management options for Son's rehabilitation with the player expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks."

Mourinho has few options remaining in attack, having not brought in a striker during the January transfer window.

Lucas Moura looks the likeliest player to play in a more advanced role, as Tottenham look to fill the gap left by Son, who has scored 16 goals for the club this season.

Tottenham also have Troy Parrott in their ranks, although the 18-year-old Republic of Ireland international has been used sparingly by Mourinho so far.

Mourinho may also look to the likes of Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli to move forward.

Fifth-placed Spurs face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after a first leg at home to Leipzig before a trip to Wolves as the battle for Champions League spots hots up.

They also face Manchester United and Sheffield United next month following the second leg at Leipzig on March 10.

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will be out for "a number of weeeks" after fracturing his right arm, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly yet to begin talks with Neymar over a new deal.

The Brazil international was linked with a return to Barcelona before the start of this season, but ended up staying in Paris.

Yet after claims last month that Neymar wanted a new deal at PSG, it is reported no negotiations have been held just yet.

 

TOP STORY – PSG YET TO BEGIN CONTRACT TALKS WITH NEYMAR

PSG and Neymar are yet to meet to discuss a possible extension, according to Le Parisien.

Neymar, 28, is contracted to PSG until 2022, but there have been no talks over a stay beyond then.

The forward is expected to return from injury in PSG's Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

ROUND-UP

- Barcelona appear to have found their replacement for the injured Ousmane Dembele. Sport reports the LaLiga giants have decided to pay Leganes forward Martin Braithwaite's release clause of €18million. Braithwaite has six goals in 24 LaLiga games this season.

- Bayern Munich are lining up a replacement for Jerome Boateng. France Football reports RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who has a €60m release clause, has become a priority for Bayern.

- With Champions League football next season slipping away from Roma, the Serie A club may be unable to sign Chris Smalling. Corriere dello Sport reports Tottenham, Everton and Juventus are interested in Smalling, with Manchester United wanting €20m (£16.7m) for the 30-year-old.

- Two of Arsenal 18-year-olds are apparently attracting interest from Liverpool. Football Insider reports the runaway Premier League leaders are looking at Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.

- Roma are considering a move for RB Leipzig right-back Lukas Klostermann, according to CalcioMercato. Klostermann, 23, has been capped eight times by Germany.

RB Leipzig can realistically get past Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League and their chances are improved by Harry Kane's absence, says Lukas Klostermann.

Julian Nagelsmann has guided Leipzig, who sit one point behind leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, into the knockout stages in just their second season in Europe's premier club competition.

The first leg will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday, with the return match at the Red Bull Arena three weeks later.

Germany international Klostermann believes Leipzig are more than capable of reaching the quarter-finals despite being up against a team that finished as Champions League runners-up in 2018-19.

"It's an exciting match-up where we have a realistic chance of going through, even though we are facing a top European club," Klostermann told Omnisport.

"Tottenham have shown over recent years that they are among European football's elite. We are looking forward to the two games, knowing it's an enormous challenge.

"However, we are looking forward to those games and due to the work we have done during this season and the previous one, to have the opportunity to show where we're at."

In both legs, Spurs will be without Kane, who has been sidelined since January due to a hamstring injury and is not expected to return until April.

"I can't influence those things but obviously it's not really a disadvantage for us when their top striker is missing," said Klostermann.

"We need to look at ourselves and need to show a good performance on the pitch during those two games. A lot is going to depend on us if we go through or not."

Nagelsmann took charge of Hoffenheim at 28, making him the youngest coach in Bundesliga history, and his stock has continued to rise at Leipzig.

Klostermann said: "I think he is still a very young coach, he is very detailed and week after week he manages to communicate his idea to us players in a way that we can understand it and get enthusiastic about it, so that we are also convinced of this plan and are fully behind it.

"I think that's very important. You can see this in many situations, whether the team really stands behind the coach's idea and can implement it or whether you're just trying to implement instructions you're not convinced of yourself."

Jose Mourinho jokingly questioned whether Manchester City's two-season European ban for breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations could end up giving him another Premier League title.

UEFA announced the sanction for City, as well as a €30million fine, on Friday for "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016".

The reigning Premier League champions criticised the process and announced their intention to appeal the suspension at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

It has since been reported that City could be stripped of their 2014 Premier League title but Mourinho opted against making an extensive evaluation of UEFA's decision after Tottenham's 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

However, he quipped he would be more interested if a chance arose for the Manchester United side he led to second in 2017-18 to be retrospectively awarded the crown claimed that season by City.

Pep Guardiola's team finished that campaign with a record 100 points, 19 more than United amassed in second.

Mourinho said: "My view is that I didn't lose one single minute analysing what UEFA and FIFA have to analyse.

"If I go into that analysis I have to ask if the team that finished second in 2018 is going to be champion, yes or no? That would be interesting. But jokes apart, I just wait calmly."

Should the sanction on City remain in place it would mean the team that finishes fifth in the Premier League this season would earn Champions League qualification.

Spurs assumed that position thanks to Son's 94th-minute winner at Villa Park, but Mourinho acknowledged there is plenty of competition.

"I don't think about fourth or fifth, I just think about doing the best we can, getting the most points we can, the best position we can and at the end of the season we will see where we are," he said.

"Because maybe we are sixth or seventh and then it doesn't matter if the fifth goes to the Champions League, so we have a big fight.

"You could see [on Saturday] Liverpool first against the last [Norwich City], you could see today Villa fighting to stay in the division and us fighting for the top positions, how difficult it was.

"This is the Premier League. So when we speak about the fifth, I think Wolves, Sheffield United, Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, everybody looks to the table and they say 'we can do it' and they can, so it's going to be very hard."

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