& # 39; I'm very attracted to England & # 39 ;: Patrik Schick considers Premier League move after impressing RB Leipzig, despite rejecting Everton and Crystal Palace last summer
- Patrik Schick has revealed his intentions to move to England in the near future
- The 24-year Roma loan closed in September
- on the Bundesliga side . RB Leipzig knocks Tottenham out of the Champions League
- Leipzig can sign Schick for £ 27 million if they qualify for the Champions League
Patrik Schick is moving to the Premier League after impressing RB Leipzig this season.
The 24-year-old Roma mercenary joined the Bundesliga Bundesliga in September for a seasonal deal.
& # 39; When I left the Czech Republic, it was my dream to play in Italy and I achieved that & # 39 ;, he told iSport.cz . & # 39; Frankly, I am very attracted to England.
& # 39; Leipzig was definitely the right choice for my career. I had also spoken to Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke here in Germany.
& # 39; In England there were Everton and Crystal Palace, plus Valencia in Spain.
& # 39; I just felt that Leipzig wanted me more, and I was also attracted to the playing style of coach Julian Nagelsmann. I am sure I made the right choice. & # 39;
The Czech international has scored seven times in 19 games this campaign and has scored three goals for his teammates in Leipzig.
Leipzig have a clause in Schick's contract meaning they can make the deal permanent for £ 27 million if they qualify for the Champions League.
Time will tell whether Schick will extend his loan agreement beyond June, when it would expire when the Bundesliga season ends.
& # 39; It is his duty to build them up and give them confidence … he did not do that and you saw it in the execution & # 39 ;: Rio Ferdinand throws Jose Mourinho while criticizing him blames the players on his players for the somber defeat at RB Leipzig
Tottenham's game plan was unraveled in Germany after just 21 minutes with Marcel Sabitzer scoring twice to virtually place and tie the game.
Emil Forsberg arrived late in the game and scored with his first touch to rub salt in the wounds when Spurs crashed in the final-16 phase of the Champions League with a whine.
Mourinho has started to publicly shame some of his players – especially Tanguy Ndombele last weekend – in the midst of their shocking series, leaving them with six games in all competitions without a win played.
And after Dele Alli admitted after the game that Tottenham had failed to act and fight & # 39 ;, Ferdinand claimed that Mourinho's tactics of guilt and a story about his missing strikers only hurts the confidence of his players.
& # 39; He spoke very well beyond his years. Very honest. Collective loss, they're all in it together, "Ferdinand told BT Sport about Alli's reaction to the heavy defeat.
" He says the things that the Spurs fans want to hear from their manager. It's not about who we don't have on the field, who's there, who's fit, who's ready to fight.
& # 39; You must build them up and give them confidence. Talking about going to a firefight without bullets – what does that do to the confidence of people like Dele, Lucas Moura?
& # 39; That did not come from Jose. You can see that in the show tonight. & # 39;
Leipzig, whose history has never reached this far, looks like a very talented team that is one of the dark horses of the tournament under Julian Nagelsmann
The 32-year-old manager has the nickname & # 39; Mini Mourinho & # 39; and Ferdinand does not doubt who is currently getting the best out of their teams.
He said: & # 39; If you look at the managers you don't know, you would say that one team is better coached than the other. & # 39;
Ferdinand lives to a certain extent with Mourinho – with key players Harry Kane and Son Heun g-Min beid and injured – but insists that it is his job to get the players who are fit and have to take responsibility for this recent grind.
& # 39; He has injuries, big injuries for big players, but sometimes there is an element of desire that you want to see from all your players, but that was missing, & # 39; added the former defender of Manchester United.
& # 39; You want to see something that has been mapped and planned. There seemed to be no identity with that team. There was no intensity or desire from that team. Those are the questions you ask yourself.
& # 39; That is the duty of a manager. When times are difficult and they are difficult. It is up to the manager to pick them up.
& # 39; Players watch press conferences, but more importantly, on the training field where you pick them up. It looks like he didn't do that. & # 39;
Jose Mourinho may complain about the lack of attack options, but defensive vulnerabilities were the fault of RB Leipzig meltdown … Tottenham is seriously out of balance and looking for answers
Halfway through the first half, Marcel Sabitzer accelerated ahead of Japhet Tanganga and beat Hugo Lloris for the second time in the night.
One of the three became equal in an instant, the Red Bull cans were shaken and broken open and Julian Nagelsmann aimed his electric skateboard at the quarterfinals of the Champions League .
This is the same Mourinho who has cherished his reputation in English on the defensive power and organization of his team.
His Chelsea team, remember, only conceded 15 goals in a full 38-league Premier League campaign en route to the title in 2005. Twelve months later and she won it again, this time with 22 in the competition.
So 37 in 76 games over two years upon arrival at Chelsea and 37 in less than four months at Spurs.
Leipzig spun as a team interested in more and Hugo Lloris kept aim as if he might be willing to oblige.
Lloris will & # 39; be disappointed & # 39; Be with the first to borrow the language of the goalkeeper union, as shared with the nation by former English goalkeeper Rob Green on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Tottenham's goalkeeper reached the bustling shot with a strong hand, but was unable to divert it wide while it swung away from his reach and into the corner of the net.
The second flashed through him at the near post, too fast for him, although there were more flagrant mistakes for him on this occasion, particularly by Serge Aurier who completely judged the ball flight.
Goalkeepers prove a problem at Spurs. Last week in the FA Cup, it was Michel Vorm who had spilled a shot when the team was within 12 minutes of the last eight. And who can forget Paulo Gazzaniga, replacing Lloris when he sprinted to Poleaxe Willian and donated the initiative to Chelsea in a vital game in December?
Perhaps it is the stress of acting behind such a porous defensive unit. Mourinho was unhappy with front injuries. On the eve of this game, he regretted the absence of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn.
He was Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez in Leipzig without a left back. There is no doubt that the injuries have made it difficult for him. Looking for goals, without their best strikers, Spurs have lost their balance.
Not helped by the failure to ever properly replace Mousa Dembele in midfield or the rapid physical demise of Victor Wanyama who could explain the frustration of the head coach with the failure to sign the signing of Tanguy Ndombele to join the party
The defense of Mourinho is weak. He knew this when he arrived and identified back reinforcements as his priority in January, only for injuries to Kane and Sissoko to force Spurs to pursue Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes instead.
Those who defend a better pace, those with experience show their age, the fit full-backs are converted wingers and there is little protection in midfield.
The absence of a protective instinct for the middle halves was clearly visible while Leipzig lined up the shots before they took the lead in the 10th minute.
Because the main target sources are missing, this means that Tottenham operates with a certain degree of risk and sometimes, like the first half in Leipzig, looks about as far from a Mourinho team as you can imagine.
The only thing he would expect to do was make things tighter on the back, and yet Spurs cut from a back-three to a back-four with different personalities as if you're not sure what the best pla might be wel
Nagelsmann skateboards into the future and Mourinho returns to the drawing board. He promised trophies and there is so much work to do.
Miracles don't happen every season. That is why they are miracles.
And so there was no heartbreaking comeback for Tottenham in Leipzig, in the second half of the resurrection. They lost the way they did at home, only by more. The draw was as good as done after 21 minutes when a second RB Leipzig goal in the night from Marcel Sabitzer left Tottenham on the hunt for three. In all honesty, they did not look to get one. At the end of the second half when Lucas Moura finally found Dele Alli in front of the goal, he tame Peter Gulacsi, who was holding him firmly with his feet. If there was a hint of a Tottenham revival, it was only because Leipzig was probably a little surprised to be at the front with 3-0 and not quite sure whether he should push for more or settle.
end, they pushed. Emil Forsberg came on for Sabitzer, the night's hero, and scored with his first touch in the 87th minute after Tottenham, once again, couldn't handle an Angelino cross. Leipzig now defeated two games against Tottenham and never bothered, as he had already opened the score after 11 minutes. The race to last season's final must now seem like an eternity, for those Tottenham fans who made the trip to Madrid.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham, LIVE (1-0 agg): latest score and updates while the men of Jose Mourinho want to clear their deficit to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League
- RB Leipzig hosts Tottenham in the Red Bull Arena in the Champions League
- Injury destroyed Spurs trail 1-0 after first leg loss on its own soil
- ] The Champions League last-16 collision starts from 8:00 pm GMT
Spurs lost the first leg at home after Ben Davies gave away a second half penalty after an awkward tackle, which saw Timo Werner sent the only goal of the game from 12 yards.
Jose Mourinho will hope for a change in fortunes with never made progress in a Champions League knockout draw when he has lost the first leg at home but will have to do this without the injured Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko.
Elsewhere, Valencia hosts Atalanta as they watch wipe out a deficit of three goals after the Italian side's 4-1 win over the S a Siro in the first leg.
Dan Ripley of Sportsmail will provide live coverage in the Champions League, including score, line-ups and build-up, with full commentary from RB Leipzig vs Spurs starting from 8:00 PM GMT.
Tuesday's visit to RB Leipzig could aggravate the misery with Spurs 1-0 of the Champions League first-16 first leg and few give them a chance to move forward.
Here, Sportsmail looks at what the side of Jose Mourinho needs to spring up a surprise and eliminate the gloom.
Fly out of the blocks
Spurs have recently been slow starters and have to break that habit through the blocks quickly.
Leipzig scored a remarkable 68 percent of their goals in the second half of the games in the Champions League season and only gets stronger as the game progresses.
In the last 15 minutes of the games this season, they have scored 26 percent of their goals, so the best chance is to get them cold at the start before they settle into rhythm.
The home crowd will look for blood and if the men of Mourinho can keep them silent early, that would be a huge boost.
In the first leg, Leipzig was completely over Traces in the opening fairs and the post got up early.
Mourinho will certainly have to bring a surprise and an entrepreneurial start may be the perfect way to sow doubt among opponents, who are heavy favorites for progress.
Restrict Werner's space behind
The German striker is the jewel in the crown of Leipzig and his punishment gave them the first pooto victory.
Sometimes Toby Alderweireld made his pace and athletics his age, so limiting Werner's space will be crucial.
When he gets the chance to run afterwards, the side of Julian Nagelsmann has the possibility to find him, so a Mourinho master class is needed. Organization, a low block and careful monitoring of fast forward will be the key. He will play much less effectively with his back to the goal and be forced to get deep for possession.
Hugo Lloris delivered a great performance in the first leg and the score could have been much worse, but he needs protection.
Mourinho cannot continue to rely on the Frenchman to reverse the flood. He also failed to keep a clean sheet in four of his last five Champions League away games, so that Werner and Co would appreciate their chances.
The Liverpool-related striker now has 28 goals in all competitions this season, but there are a few crumbs of comfort for Tottenham.
Werner has a slight thigh injury, so perhaps not at his strongest, especially considering that his play is based on explosive movements.
And he also has to score this season in the Red Bull Arena in the Champions League.
Do not give the players a ready-made apology
We have become used to defeat Mourinho and his moans after the match have improved considerably lately.
Spurs are five non-win games and were beaten out of the FA Cup by Norwich on penalties, so confidence is low for the club in North London.
Of course there are mitigating circumstances. Harry Kane and Heung-min Son are the best players in the team, so their absence from injury is a huge blow, but persistent complaining is useless and undermines energy.
& # 39; He has a high price & # 39 ;: RB Leipzig wants to flop Manchester City on Angelino … but Julian Nagelsmann fears that the £ 17.5 million costs are too high
- Angelino struggled to cement a place in the first half of the season in Man City
- He signed for German Bunndesliga contenders RB Leipzig in the January window
- The left back made an impression, but it can be too expensive to stay there forever
Angelino returned to the city in the summer of PSV Eindhoven for £ 5.3 million, just a year after leaving the Premier League giants for the Netherlands on permanent terms.
But the 23-year-old struggled to cement a place in the city line-up and moved to the German side RB Leipzig on loan in January, where he already played six times.
Leipzig boss Julia n Naglesmann is impressed by his new defender, but told Kicker that the fee charged to make the deal permanent could praise them from a move.
It is assumed that Leipzig must pay £ 17.5 million to sign Angelino permanently.
& # 39; He has a hefty price tag & # 39; Nagelsmann said. & # 39; We first have to see what is in the wallet and whether the player and the release club then play. That will show the future.
& # 39; Here he has to do many things very differently than with Pep). He adjusts things incredibly quickly. He is the only newcomer who can adapt extremely quickly to the way I think of football – just offensive – got used to it.
& # 39; He doesn't worry too much, but intuitively does many things right. He clearly thinks a lot before the games and thinks about what to do. & # 39;
Angelino has so far scored once in his six Leipzig appearances and also played in their 1-0 win over Tottenham in the last 16. of the Champions League.
Leipzig is second in the Bundesliga, three points behind leader Bayern Munich and comes into action on Saturday, heading for Wolfsburg.
Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig interested in England under-16 and West Ham wonderkid Benicio Baker-Boaitey after appearing for Hammers' youth teams
- Benicio Baker- Boaitey has been seen as one of England's most popular young prospects
- The 16-year-old has already played for the West Ham under-18 team
- Baker-Boaitey & # 39; s ability to score goals from both flanks has drawn interest
The 16-year-old, who as a winger or behind striker, has made an impression on scouts this season.
RB Leipzig is also supposed to keep a close eye on the English Under 16 international while the side of Bundesliga continues to scour the UK for talent.
West Ham signed Baker-Boaitey of Queens Park Rangers and he is already on the radar of the Premier League elite.
Baker-Boaitey made his debut just over a week after running 15 years for the club's Under-18 team last season and the Chadwell Heath staff have high hopes for the younger ones.
An awkward broad man, he is able to play both feet and has glittered when scoring goals after cutting one of the flanks.
With things so tight at the top of the Bundesliga every week is crucial and promises matchday 24 to be no different.
Six points of individual leaders Bayern Munich and fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, who will compete against RB Leipzig in the striking match of the weekend.
Here, Sportsmail looks forward to the German top-flight promotion this weekend.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hertha Berlin
19.30 a.m.; Live on BT Sport 2
The hosts come into play after their first win under new manager Uwe Rosler.
Fortuna got those three points out of the automatic relegation places and the Friday night game for a struggling Hertha gives them another chance to increase their chances of avoiding the drop.
Hertha is on their third manager of the season after abandoning Ante Covic and Jurgen Klinsmann. Alexander Nouri is now in charge and must quickly change their form.
Hertha has only collected seven points from their last six games and must arrive in January Krzysztof Piatek and Matheus Cunha to score.
Borussia Dortmund vs Freiburg
It seems strange to say this about a January signing, but Erling Haaland can get double digits for Bundesliga goals this weekend.
The Norwegian sensation has netted nine times in six appearances since last month arriving from Red Bull Salzburg.
Many expect Dortmund to cruise to three more points and keep pace with Leipzig and Bayern Munich at the top of the table.
They welcome Freiburg, who are without profit in their last 17 games against Dortmund and struggle to get out of the middle table.
They also come into play after the humble defeat of Dusseldorf and have won only one of their last nine away games.
Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich
14.30 hrs, British time
After their thump of Chelsea in midweek, Bayern returned to action in the Bundesliga with a difficult trip to Hoffenheim.
On Hansi Flick's side, Leipzig is one point ahead and must win these types of games to stay ahead of the pack.
Bayern was enormously impressive on Stamford Bridge with Serge Gnabry who delivered braces and Robert Lewandowski also, not surprisingly, on the score sheet.
The pole is on the side for the next four weeks, but Bayern has three very profitable games in the Bundesliga that start with this and will be sure to maintain its impressive shape since the winter break, despite the injury to their productive striker.
Hoffenheim, meanwhile, stopped a series of two straight defeats and earned an impressive point at Borussia Mönchengladbach's last time out.
A place in the Europa League is far within reach of Alfred Schreuder and everything from this game would be a huge boost.
Mainz v Paderborn
2.30 pm, British time
From the top half of the table now to downstairs and a game that could be the key in the fight to prevent the drop.
Paderborn has a bottom of only 16 points from 23 games and travels to Mainz that languish just above the drop zone.
Mainz & # 39; s top scorer last season, Jean-Philippe Mateta, is fit again and can return to the team for just his fourth start of the season. They need him to find his boots.
In the meantime, Paderborn will have been encouraged by their action in the defeat of Bayern last time. They put the regular champions back twice and only lost to a late winner from Lewandowski.
Augsburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach
2.30 pm, British time
It is fair to say that Augsburg is in freefall and 2 -0 defeat by Leverkusen last time out was their fourth in six games since the New Year.
Link that form and the fact that they have one win in seven league games and things really don't look good for manager Martin Schmidt.
Monchengladbach looked briefly as if it were a threat to the title-seeking package, but dropped points last week and watched the gap to the top two grow to six and five points respectively.
The Marco Rose men have a game in their hands, but can & # 39; cannot afford to relocate, otherwise their rivals will be out of sight within a few weeks.
Cologne vs Schalke
5:30 pm, British time; Live on BT Sport 2
David Wagner's Schalke side will have his Champions League ambitions tested seriously when traveling to an in-form Cologne, which beat Hertha Berlin 5-0 last week.
The hosts have won six of their last eight games, only dropping points to Dortmund and Bayern to clear six points from third place Düsseldorf and closer to another season of the Bundesliga football.
It was not that impressive for the visitors, although they had suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat from Leipzig last time, meaning that they have scored three points from their last five games.
Because of that form they have drifted to seven points from the Champions League spots and any further setbacks could realistically end their European hope for good.
Union Berlin vs Wolfsburg
12.30, 12pm British time; Live on BT Sport 2
Not many people thought Union Berlin would be at the mid-table after 23 games, but with 29 points they are well on their way to assuring their top status for another season.
Six of their nine wins this season have come home and they will be hopeful that they can claim a new scalp when Wolfsburg arrives in the German capital on Sunday.
Wolfsburg ended Malmo in their Europa League- 32 draw on Thursday evening and are currently on the edge of European places in the Bundesliga.
The side of Oliver Glasner has won their last four games in all competitions and will be sure to make it five in their attempt to go to the top six.
Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen
2.30 pm, British time; Live on BT Sport 2
The biggest game of the weekend comes on Sunday afternoon when the second-placed Leipzig host Bayer Leverkusen.
Both teams are attack-focused and it promises to be a fascinating encounter between two title rivals with Leverkusen only five points behind Julian Nagelsmann's side.
Leipzig proved their title references last week with a booming 5-0 win for Schalke. They got the most out of a number of terrible defenses with Timo Werner who scored the goals.
Leverkusen, however, are the form side and have won five of their six games in 2020, a form that has driven them to title competition.
They are also the only team to draw another away match so far this season, seven wins and four losses, so will they leave Leipzig with three points or zero?
Werder Bremen vs Frankfurt
5:00 PM, British Time; BT Sport 2
Frankfurt had the unfortunate luck of their Europa League final 32 second stage with Red Bull Salzburg put back to Friday night due to adverse weather conditions.
They are scheduled to be back in the Bundesliga promotion less than 48 hours later, however, traveling to Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Frankfurt continues to achieve mixed results after the demolition of their famous front three – Luka Jovic, Sebastian Haller and Ante Rebic – in recent months, but their beaten from Salzburg in the first leg shows that they still have a capable side.
Bremen continues to struggle and is still playing five points safely with another eleven games.
With a talent team including Milot Rashica, Josh Sargent and Maximilian Eggestein, Bremen should have enough to get away from danger, but they must now start picking up results.
Schalke 0-5 RB Leipzig: Timo Werner shoots home to keep the side above Dortmund in Bundesliga and closes the gap with Bayern Munich to a certain point
- Timo Werner thundered home in the 61st minute in the Veltins Aren on Saturday
- It added to Marcel Sabitzer's first minute goal, which separated them at the break
- Marcel Halstenberg vigorously powerfully nodded at home for the third from the side from an angle
- Borrowed defender Angel City of Manchester City fourth and Forsberg added to fifth
The attacker thundered home in the 61st minute at the Veltins-Aren to add to the 1st minute goal of Marcel Sabitzer
Full back Marcel Halstenberg nodded vigorously home for the third of a corner from a corner.
Leipzig & # 39; s Marcel Sabitzer (third from the right) celebrates after scoring the first against Schalke
Angelino celebrates scoring their fourth goal in a dominant line-up against Schalke
Loaned Manchester City defender, Jose Angelino, added a fourth with ten minutes to go, before Emil Forsberg a dominant view with a fifth.
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