Manchester City will face Tottenham at Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, in the Champions League Quarter-Finals second leg. Manchester City against Tottenham is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Manchester City and Pep Guardiola made a very big work this season. Hosts are able to make triple and win 3 trophies. The City has 12 wins streak with 49 scored and only 3 conceded goals in different competitions. Only twice they scored less than 2 goals. At Etihad Stadium they play even better than Barcelona at Camp Nou. They look extremely strong and dangerous this year, especially playing at home ground. In Premier League they have 2 point deficit with Liverpool, however, 1 game in reserve. If they win all last 5 matches, they become champions of PL. Moreover, they have great chances to win the FA Cup, since they will play against Watford in the Final. Previously, in Champions League they took 1st place in the group stage and then knocked out Schalke by taking 7:0 at home!
Unfortunately, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Claudio Bravo are injured and probably will miss the next match. All other main squad players are fit and ready to play a revenge game against Tottenham Hotspurs. Citizens are very strong this season at finishing scoring chances, attacking down the wings, creating long shot opportunities and defending set pieces. However, they are facing troubles at avoiding the offside, protecting the lead and aerial duels.
Tottenham Hotspur took back the 3rd place after the confident win against Huddersfield who will be relegated to Championship at the end of the season. Spurs are still fighting for tickets to Champions League group stage in the next season since 3 more top clubs have chances to be among 4 best clubs in PL. In general, Tottenham plays strong football, however, in away matches they are struggling in the last few weeks. Spurs lost 6 out of 7 last away matches in different competitions.
In addition to bad away form, the squad has problems with mains squad players injuries. Unfortunately, Eric Dier, Vincent Janssen, Harry Kane, and Erik Lamela will miss the match due to injuries. Moreover, Dele Ali, Harry Winks, Fernando Llorente, and Serge Aurier still under question if they are able to play against Manchester City important match. The Lilywhites are playing strong at shooting from direct free kicks, finishing scoring chances, attacking down the wings and set pieces. However, they are facing troubles at stopping opponents from creating chances, aerial duels and avoiding individual errors.
Champions League Play-Offs Quarter-final 1st leg
The first game between these teams in Quarter Final first leg finished with Tottenham win by 1:0 result. If in the first half Sergio Aguero scored the penalty everything could be finished with another way. However, Tottenham made everything to save a clean sheet and take an important win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Citizens controlled the game by 59% of possession, however, Spurs had more chances to score and used one of them. Hugo Lloris played one of the best his games this season and made everything to help team reach win. This match was not very interesting since Tottenham stood strong in defense and played by counter-attacks mostly.