Manchester City will fight to keep their quadruple hopes alive when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night. Having endured a 1-0 defeat in the first leg, Manchester City have all to do in the return leg. And knowing how good Spurs can be, it sure looks like an uphill climb.
Here are three things to look forward to as Manchester City host Tottenham.
3. High-Octane Affair
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City looked a bit more cautious than usual in the first leg. Sergio Aguero missed an opportunity to draw first blood for City, but even that didn’t instigate Spurs to go out for the kill.
A bit of magic from Son helped Spurs nick the win, but the sides were unadventurous for the most part. Tonight, at the Etihad Stadium, City will look to rattle Tottenham right from the off, which could instigate a open, end-to-end contest.
2. Kane’s Absence
Harry Kane is widely hailed as one of the best forwards in the business, and it’s no secret that he is probably Tottenham Hotspur’s most influential player. In the first leg, the Englishman was forced off with an ankle injury.
As it’s quite clear that he won’t feature in tonight’s affair, Tottenham need someone to fill in for him. In Kane’s absence, Son Heung-min has to be more adventurous going forward while Lucas Moura also needs to step up if he gets the chance to feature in the starting XI.
1. Quadruple Run
Manchester City are widely recognised as the most complete football team on the planet. Last season, they shattered numerous records on their way to the Premier League title, and this term, too, they seem destined for something really special.
Coach Pep Guardiola has done his best to play down City’s quadruple chances, but not being excited for something so iconic is almost impossible. However, before they can start dreaming again, they must take care of Tottenham, and for that, they will need to be a lot more aggressive than the first leg.