Moritz Volz has been RB Leipzig's assistant head coach since the summer. He moved to London at the age of 16 (Arsenal FC), making 125 Premier League appearances for Fulham FC between 2003 to 2008. Before moving to Leipzig he had spent four years working for Tottenham's local rivals Arsenal as a scout.
Moritz, as a Fulham player you came up against Spurs on numerous occasions. Do you have any specific memories that make it a particularly special occasion for you?
There are several things that come to mind. I watched Tottenham play against Kaiserslautern as a spectator in the UEFA Cup towards the end of the 90s. I played against them myself a few years later; it was a fantastic game at White Hart Lane that we won 3-0. It gave us a massive boost for the rest of the season. Then in 2007 I had the complete opposite experience against them as I got off for a second yellow for the first time in my career. Looking back at all of these experiences, it's definitely a special game for me.
Let's quickly look back to the first leg. We won 1-0 and were clearly the better side; was that a surprise to you or did you see that coming?
Our performance in London was one of our best performances since I've been here. Nevertheless we know what we have to do and that it's still far from over. I wasn't surprised by our performance because I have full confidence in the boys. But I was very pleased. It was our first ever game in the round of 16 of the Champions League. We didn't have any previous experience of playing in such an important match. Playing so well against Spurs was very impressive.
Tottenham are without three very important players in Son, Kane and Sissoko. How noticeable is that in Spurs' game?
Of course they are all a big loss. Harry Kane's leadership and drive is big miss in itself. Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho's side also have lots of quality coming off the bench; that's the case for all top Premier League teams. At the same time we're also missing some key players of our own such as Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konate and Kevin Kampl, who have already been out for a while.
What philosophy will Jose Mourinho's team go into the game with, considering they are 1-0 down?
You can't let the first leg and their recent results fool you. Jose's team is extremely talented, there's no doubt about that. I don't think they will change their approach that much from the first leg. For Tottenham it will mostly be about defending, keeping it tight at the back. And then trying to create chances through their individual quality.
Nevertheless, we also have to be prepared for them to take a completely different approach. At the end of the day we have to focus on our own game and playing as well as we did in the first leg. That's the key to success when you're at home.
What role does Jose Mourinho's experience play in such an important game?
Yes, he has lots of experience. Both in the Champions League and in the knock-out stages. But he doesn't have any experience against a team like us, who are very flexible tactically and who he is meeting for the first time in his career. Therefore he's not more experienced for this particular game.
How do you view Tottenham Hotspurs' identity?
Tottenham are a club with a lot of history, who have become competitive again over the past few years through continuous good work and investment. A club with a very loyal fan base, which has a special feeling to it due to its location in North London. I've taken a lot of note of Spurs over the past few years because they have made very good decisions, which have impressed me. It's also had a very positive effect out on the pitch, where they've developed a real sense of togetherness, with fantastic individual quality.
It was a special moment for me to go back to London as a coach. If we could make it to the quarter finals today, against Tottenham especially, it would really be the icing on the cake.