STAR PREVIEW: Spurs v Man City

The thick end of the Champions League season often sees many unprecedented events, and tonight’s quarter-finals are particularly special for both Tottenham and Manchester City.

This is just Tottenham’s second game in their brand new stadium, and the biggest one it will hold all season, as they attempt to make the semi-finals of the Champions League – the competition which their new home revolves around.

In Manchester City, they face a side who are still in the running for all four trophies this season, and the Citizens will at least have a chance at a cup double after their FA Cup semi-final victory over Brighton, although this is the one competition that the club wants.

City come here as favourites after a stunning 2019 so far which has seen them win 21 of their 23 games. They are known for blistering attacking football, but their defensive nous was shown against Brighton at the weekend. They reduced Brighton’s expected goals count to 0.3, with Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte looking rock solid at the back.

Defensive prowess has been a feature of City’s 2019; Since the Carabao Cup final, they have conceded just 25 shots and just three goals in eight matches.

Spurs will obviously be a step up on that, although they were impressive against Crystal Palace in the second half once they’d settled down, which is understandable given their new stadium. There’s a feeling that Mauricio Pochettino’s men still aren’t playing with the same verve or efficiency that they showed back in December, and their win against Palace prevented them from going winless for three games for the second time in 2019.

However, the fitness of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Heung-Min and Christian Erisken means they have their first choice attack available to them, a huge boost against a City side that has managed to shut teams out in impressive fashion recently.

Tottenham Hotspur v Man City
UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg
20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City
APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham
JAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham
OCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City
FEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham
SEP 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 4-1 Manchester City
MAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City
OCT 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham
JAN 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-5 Manchester City
NOV 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham

City were handed a tremendous boost as star striker Sergio Aguero took part in full training but over the last week as the fixtures have built up, they’ve been more restrained, with a pair of 2-0 wins and a 1-0 success. They may have coasted against Fulham and Cardiff, but when they beat Tottenham at Wembley that came by a single goal margin despite dominating the shots on target count 6-1 and this might end up with a similar outcome.


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