Tottenham welcome Manchester City to their new stadium for an all-English quarter-final on Tuesday. It’s Spurs first quarter-final since 2011 and the clash will make for a historic occasion at the club’s new home.
Concise News reports that the hosts’ blueprint should be Liverpool’s first-leg showing against Manchester City at this stage last season, and if any Premier League side can emulate that high-pressing effort then it is surely Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, who inflicted Pep Guardiola’s first defeat in English football back in October 2016. If they are brave enough to play on the front foot again, expect a slender home win.
Kieran Trippier v Raheem Sterling: Two of England’s FIFA World Cup stars of last summer will likely be in direct opposition in north London. Trippier has not always been at his best this term but will need to be on red alert if he is to tame Sterling, who having scored eight goals in his last seven appearances for club and country, is widely tipped as a potential Premier League Player of the Season.
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Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham coach
“We [Pochettino and Guardiola] met in Spain and played a lot of games against each other and it was always tough to play against Barcelona. We are going to be aggressive and try to play and beat them. We are going to play a quarter-final, not friendly. The big teams and players love to play these games. We need to match every situation with City. It will be 11 players against 11 players and hopefully, we can win.”
Pep Guardiola, Man. City coach
“We know what we are going to face and it’s in our heads how we handle it. If we want to progress as a team we have to handle it. Always when we play against them, they play in that way [aggressively]. If they do it, we have to try to do it more. Kyle Walker feels better and Ben Mendy recovered well. I think they are contenders [to play].”