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RB Leipzig coach Nagelsmann dismisses 'baby Mourinho' tag ahead of Spurs clash

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann has seek to play down any comparisons to Jose Mourinho.

Nagelsmann sees his side take on Tottenham in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

But he does not want anyone talking up the clash as a Mourinho vs. Baby Mourinho matchup.

The 32-year-old believes he is his own man and coach.

Nagelsmann said during his press conference: "It is only a game between Leipzig and Tottenham.

"Eight years ago Tim Weise called me Baby Mourinho, but that was only for two weeks.

"After that he called me Julian again.

"Tomorrow it is Leipzig against Tottenham, not Mourinho v Baby Mourinho.

"I have great respect for Mourinho. He has won lots of titles with big clubs, the Champions League twice.

"He has made his mark on European football at some big European clubs. I think it his 59th knockout game in the Champions League and it is my first so there is obviously respect there."

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