The Champions League’s most enticing match up sees the quadruple-cashing Manchester City hoping to overturn a 1-0 defeat from the first leg.
Spurs will feel confident that they have a reasonable chance of progressing, but City will present a massive attacking onslaught.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Preview
The first Champions League fixture at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was an iconic evening for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
Few people would have predicted that they could knock off the heavily fancied Manchester City, as the travelling side on that occasion were yet to lose in the competition since the opening day. However, it was a coming of age performance from a young Spurs side, and Heung Min Son’s goal ten minutes from the end meant that they would have something to defend at the Etihad Stadium.
City spurned their best chance of the game in the first half after Danny Rose was adjudged to have handled Ilkay Gundogan’s shot. Sergio Aguero’s spot-kick was struck, and Hugo Lloris was able to keep it out easily. From that point, City didn’t create a single clear cut chance, and they were outfought in the midfield battle by Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks.
Pep Guardiola seemed to have the memories from last season’s first-leg defeat to Liverpool in his mind with the system that he played. In that fixture, Liverpool effectively secured their spot in the semi-finals by heavily beating City in the first leg, and the Citizens could never recover.
At least this year they remain in the game, and Guardiola would feel with his teams attacking ability they will have enough to get through.
Both teams had vital wins in the league over the weekend; which keeps their season goals alive. Manchester City went back to the top of the Premier League, at least for a few hours, when they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
It was a stroll in the park for the most part, as two Raheem Sterling goals put them in complete control. However, their inability to clinch the third goal meant that Palace got back in the game after Luka Milivojevic scored a free kick.
The Eagles pushed on to find the equaliser but were eventually caught as Gabriel Jesus ran clear of the defence to cement a vital three points for the travelling City side.
Spurs had a much calmer afternoon on Saturday and ran out comfortable winners over the already relegated Huddersfield Town. The star of the show was Lucas Moura; who could have placed his way into the starting line up following his high-quality hat-trick.
Pochettino could play both Son and Moura in the attacking positions to create a speedy and dynamic front line; added a different element to the line up in the absence of Harry Kane, who was injured in the first leg.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Tips
This will be an enthralling fixture between two quality teams that will both feel confident that they can score. A Spurs goal could be critical in deciding who qualifies to the semi-finals; due to the away goals rule.
It’s hard to suggest that Spurs won’t score, but it’s near impossible to believe that City won’t score at least twice. It could be a high scoring Champions League classic.
Tip: Manchester City to win and both teams to score.