Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night has seen Jose Mourinho fail to win his past six matches in all competitions – his longest ever run without victory.
Captain of the home side, Sabitzer quickly dispelled any notion of nerves from the UEFA Champions League knockout debutants with two early goals in Germany.
The Austrian doubled Leipzig’s aggregate lead after just ten minutes, a speculative low shot from the edge of the box sneaking inside Hugo Lloris’ right-hand post via his fingertips.
The French goalkeeper, man of the match in the first leg three weeks ago, perhaps could have done better.
He certainly should have 11 minutes later when Sabitzer’s near-post header found the net following Angeliño’s cut-back.
There was no way back for Tottenham, Dele Alli passing up their best opening. Substitute Emil Forsberg made it 3-0 late on with his first touch.
Across Spurs’ last six games, Mourinho has seen his side beaten four times and held to two draws as they struggle in the wake of injuries to key attackers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
That poor form has ended the club’s hopes of any silverware this seaso, with Tottenham knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the space of a week.