Date: 13th March 2021 at 10:00am
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Journalist Barry Glendenning has been speaking on the latest episode of The Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast to discuss all things football. 

Liverpool progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals after back-to-back 2-0 victories over Julian Nagelsmann’s side.

The 33-year-old manager has been hailed as one of the world’s hottest properties in the management game given his success with the Bundesliga side in recent years.

Nagelsmann has been linked with a move to England and Tottenham Hotspur, in particular, in recent months and Glendenning had his say on the Leipzig manager.

He said: “In the 10 or so matches I’ve seen Nagelsmann’s team play, I’ve been hugely underwhelmed and I just don’t get this lauding of him as this ‘messiah of football’ in German football management.

“I really don’t get it because I’ve almost always been underwhelmed by his team’s performance, and they’ve often lost, and lost heavily.”

Would Nagelsmann succeed at Spurs?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Leipzig brushed Spurs aside in last year’s Champions League with an emphatic 4-0 aggregate win, however, they have now shown against both Liverpool and Manchester United they are not the finished article.

TIF Thoughts on Glendenning’s comments…

We can see why Glendenning may feel that way. However, it suggests he has only watched a handful of Leipzig games. They have shown against some of the more established teams they are capable of not showing up which was seen against Liverpool.

Yet, Nagelsmann has got Leipzig challenging Munich for the top spot in the Bundesliga despite losing his star player, Timo Werner, in the summer to Chelsea and not replacing him like-for-like.