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Winners, Losers After Wednesday’s Champions League Round-of-16

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Loser: Dele Alli

Alli was off the pitch six minutes after Werner had converted the Leipzig spot-kick. His petulant reaction was more about lamenting a drab performance than showing competitive fire.

The cold reality was Alli had failed to sparkle with the onus on him to be the danger man in a depleted attack. Injuries to strikers Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son had increased the burden on Alli and Lucas Moura.

Pace and well-timed runs from out to in make Moura an obvious threat, but those qualities are wasted without the right passes to find him. Alli couldn’t pick those passes between the lines, despite his natural vision and technique

Winner: Timo Werner

Werner led a frantic Tottenham defence on a merry dance for the best part of an hour. His varied range of movement, which included dropping off the front at the right time and drawing an overly eager defender out with him, created a host of room for others to exploit.

In truth, Leipzig rarely took advantage of the extra space Werner’s intelligent play afforded. Manchester City loanee Angelino hit the post after a raiding run from left-back, while AS Roma striker Patrik Schick wasted several opportunities.

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Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Feb. 20, 2020

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