Despite having to play away to a squad boasting some of the most expensive talents in world football, there’s something of an undercurrent suggesting that the odds are in Tottenham’s favour. Whilst Manchester City have shown an astounding level of inconsistency this season, the Spurs form guide has been exceptional having had four victories on the bounce and amassing 13 points from the last 18 available. Mauricio Pochettino will also be more than happy to recall the team’s 4-1 win in the reverse fixture, arguably the first game that the boys laid out their intentions to be towards the summit of the league.
Agüero has netted 14 goal in 18 appearances this season
What the managers had to say
Both South Americans were key to play down the ‘decisiveness’ of today’s fixture. In his press conference, Mauricio Pochettino stated: “To arrive at the end in the position we are and to improve our position you need to win games.
“But it’s not decisive. It’s very important but it’s not the last game.
“They know, and we know, we are in a position where there are 13 games ahead, but after the next game it is 12 and we are going into the more important period in the league.”
Pochettino’s Chilean counterpart’s comments struck a similar vein: “Like I said last week, it’s not a decisive game but a very important game – afterwards we play for another 36 points. For our team, it’s important to try to return to the top of the table. Two or three teams are in front of us in this moment so we must try to reclaim the points.
“Vincent (Kompany) has worked for three weeks with no problems. He played 45 minutes in a friendly game against the under-21s and I think he’s ready to play.”
Dele Alli is expected to return to thefirst team, having been dropped due to illness.
Spurs are yet to concede following Kevin Wimmer coming in for the injured Jan Vertonghen, and he is expected to be trusted by his manager and continue deputising even in such a critical match. Trippier is also expected to start against City, the team his career started at, having put in an excelled shift against Watford.
Delph and Sagna are the only key players that are set to be unavailable for City.
Alderweireld’s leadership at the back will be crucial in supporting for Kevin Wimmer
Today’s match is more than likely to be an explosive affair, with Spurs driving towards challenging for a first Premier League title, there’s no doubt that our boys will give every ounce to upsetting their title rivals.
Written by Joe Thomas
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