Mourinho insists rivals will be scared to face Spurs in the last-16 Champions League draw
Tottenham boss shrugs off 3-1 defeat away to Bayern Munich, insisting teams will still fear playing his side
12 December, 2019 — By Dan Carrier
Champions League: Group B
BAYERN MUNICH 3 (Coman 14, Muller 45, Coutinho 64)
SPURS 1 (Sessegnon 20)
SPURS will learn who they face in the first knockout round of this year’s Champions League on Monday, and manager Jose Mourinho insists rival teams will want to avoid the north Londoners.
Tottenham finished second in their group after losing 3-1 away at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, and now have the daunting prospect of taking on one of Europe’s giants.
They could now draw Barcelona, Juventus or Paris St Germain – and, after losing 10-3 on aggregate to Bayern, a team of lesser calibre than other top seeds, the scale of the task is very apparent.
Mourinho, however, warned Spurs would be a far stronger proposition when the knockout phase gets underway in February.
“I think the teams that finished first they wish they don’t play against us,” he said. “I think we’re one of the strongest teams from the second group.
“By the end of February I understand my players better, they understand me better. We have two more months of work together and I think we’re going to be much more ready.”
Mourinho sent out a makeshift team for the dead rubber tie against Bayern – both sides had already secured progress – and it was considered an audition for some of the fringe players he hasn’t yet had the chance to run the rule over.
Giovani Lo Celso, Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Sessegnon all started for the first time under the new manager, and had mixed results.
Of the quartet, Sessegnon was the brightest spark – he scored Spurs’ only goal mid-way through the first half after controlling a loose ball and smashing a volley home.
Foyth also impressed, while Lo Celso could be considered unfortunate to be trying to make his mark in such a makeshift looking team.
Bayern were worthy winners without expending too much sweat at the Allianz Arena, with first half goals coming from Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller, and then, in the second period, Philippe Coutinho wrapping up matters.
SPURS: Gazzaniga, Rose, Alderweireld, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Sissoko, Dier (Wanyama, 81), Lo Celso (Skipp, 65), Eriksen, Sessegnon, Lucas (Son, 65)
Substitutes not used: Austin, Sanchez, Tanganga, Parrott
BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Pavard, Boateng, Martinez, Davies, Alcantara, Kimmich, Coutinho, Gnabry, Perisic, (Zirkzee, 86) Coman (Mueller, 27)
Substitutes not used: Ulreich, Lewandowski, Goretzka, Singh, Mai