Tottenham will face Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in London, in the Champions League Quarter-Finals first leg. Tottenham against Manchester City is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
In the last few weeks, Tottenham is facing troubles and won only 2 matches in the last 7 games. At home, they look a lot better and stronger, but in road games, they need to change something. About a month ago Tottenham was still one of the favorites for fighting for the title of PL. However, lost 4 away matches in a row and now they should fight for 3rd and 4th places in PL. The Spurs surprisingly won against Borussia Dortmund in last round twice. The favorites of Bundesliga failed even to score against Londons club. The first round will be played in Tottenham Hotspur new stadium, so this could give very much confidence and strength against Manchester City. The first match at the new stadium was against Crystal Palace and Spurs did not disappoint their fans.
The Lilywhites had lots of troubles in the squad this season since main squad players missed important matches due to injuries. Even this match will be without one of the strongest defenders/midfielders in the squad Eric Dier and attacking midfielder E. Lamela due to injuries. Very likely, that all other main squad players will play.
Tottenham Hotspurs are strong this season at shooting from direct free kicks, finishing scoring chances, counter attacks, attacking set pieces and attacking down the wings. However, they look very weak at protecting the lead, aerial duels and stopping opponents from creating chances. Even at the new stadium, they will often play by counter-attacks and attack through the middle. In Champions League this season they score 1.6 goals on average per match, pass with 85.4% accuracy and control the game by 52.4% possession.
Manchester City has 14 win streak right now. It looks like they are unstoppable and tuned in to win every tournament. Manchester already won one trophy this year – EFL Cup against Chelsea by penalties and it is possible to take 3 more. In FA Cup they are waiting for their opponents for the Final, in Premier League they are making everything to overtake Liverpool in the race for the title and in CL they got a familiar rival. So City this year could take everything in England and even fight for the trophy in the Champions League.
Manchester has a good man squad and substitutes, which can help keep the main players strong. Secondly, Citizens plays very confident football and Guardiola copes with his duties perfectly. Thirdly, the team needs victories in order to prove that big money for the players was not for nothing. As a result, guests have all the chances to become the best team in Europe, especially after big English clubs dominating break in Europe.
The Sky Blues are very strong this season at finishing scoring chances, attacking down the wings, creating long shot opportunities and creating chances through individual skill. However, even strongest, have their weaknesses at aerial duels, avoiding offside and stopping opponents from creating chances. Citizens play possessional and non-aggressive football. This year they play often rotating their first eleven, as it is necessary due to the big amount of matches. In the Champions League, they score on average 3.25 goals per match, pass with 90.1% accuracy and control the game by 60.5% possession.
Manchester City won 4 last matches against Tottenham including one friendly match in the summer of 2017. At the end of last year, City won 1:0 at Wembley against Spurs in 0:1 game. During that match, Tottenham almost didn’t have chances to score and made only 4 goal attempts.