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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho: 'We are going to fight until our limits.'

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

Timo Werner's second-half penalty gives RB Leipzig a slender advantage heading into the second leg of the Champions League last-16 clash.

Jose Mourinho says his Tottenham side are in a “difficult situation” but he is confident his Lilywhites can still topple RB Leipzig to secure a spot in the quarter finals of the Champions League.

The Bundesliga club RB Leipzig beat the north London side 1-0, thanks to a second-half penalty from Timo Werner.

With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min out for the rest of the season, and substitutes Erik Lamela and Tanguy Ndombele not fully fit, Spurs were far from their best and created very few chances on Wednesday night.

However, Mourinho insists that Spurs' spirit and mentality will keep them fighting till the end.

“The thing that keeps me confident is the spirit, the mentality of my players. It’s what they are, not just as players, but especially what they are as guys, as a group. Fantastic group of players,” Mourinho said after the narrow defeat.

“If we want to analyse it a bit more with different eyes, you have to look at our situation and if you want to make an exercise of football, you can maybe think, Champions League game, Barcelona without (Lionel) Messi, (Luis) Suarez and (Antoine) Griezmann.

“Make that exercise, or if you want to look to Leipzig, maybe not Leipzig because they have six or seven different attacking players, but let’s say Liverpool, no (Mo) Salah, (Sadio) Mane or (Roberto) Firmino. They would still have (Divock) Origi.

“We are still in a very difficult situation, but I am so, so proud of the players. What worries me is that this is going to be the situation until the end of the season.

“If this is going to be the situation with a couple of matches, I would say OK we’re in a difficult situation now but when we play the next game in two weeks against Wolves the situation will be different.

“The situation is going to be exactly the same. Exactly the same so I’m so proud of the players.

“In speaking about the Champions League and the next match against Leipzig, one thing I can guarantee – because that is the mentality of the players – is that even with I don’t know who playing in attack, we are going to fight until our limits.”

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