Manchester City become the second team to play at Tottenham’s new stadium, after Crystal Palace, which is an exciting prospect in itself. However, the opportunity becomes even more exciting when the game is the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final!
Pep Guardiola’s side have only had two days rest and Tottenham have had six days, which could impact how City line up.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is still trying to get back to full fitness, so Tuesday might be too early, with Kyle Walker injured. The likes of Benjamin Mendy played at the weekend, and Sergio Aguero trained at The Valley on Sunday, which are enormous boosts for City.
I don’t think that there will be too many changes from the Brighton game, and here is how I believe Man City will start against Tottenham:
He is the undisputed number one choice and will start because he is fit. However, he will have to be at his best because Tottenham will cause problems.
Danilo is City’s only available right-back, with Kyle Walker sidelined for this clash.
CB: John Stones
Nicolas Otamendi was excellent against Brighton and it is very harsh to drop him due to his performance. But, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are the best CB pairing, therefore, it is difficult to see past them.
CB: Aymeric Laporte
Aymeric Laporte had a very tough time in the Champions League quarter-final last year. However, I predict that tomorrow night he will be in his favoured CB position and put in a better performance.
LB: Benjamin Mendy
This is a risky pick because someone who has been out injured for so long does not often play two games in such a short space of time. However, Benjamin Mendy is now being treated as a normal player and I think he may get the start.
He was rested against Brighton for this game, therefore only an injury would keep him out. Fernandinho is the best holding midfielder at Man City therefore will need to be at his best if Man City will get a result.
CM: Kevin de Bruyne
He has started many games in a row now and I did not see this coming. However, Kevin de Bruyne is Man City’s best player and when he is fit, you would imagine he’d start.
CM: Bernardo Silva
This could well be Ilkay Gundogan as Pep Guardiola plays Bernardo Silva out wide. However, Leroy Sane’s width could cause similar problems.
RW: Raheem Sterling
It was not his best game against Brighton, but he is Man City’s strongest attacking weapon. He could be used on the left or the right, but like Bernardo Silva, he will play against Tottenham.
LW: Leroy Sane
Sane did not play against Brighton, whether he was rested or just simply didn’t start. However, I believe he was rested for this game against Spurs and his attacking width can be used to cause the Tottenham defence the same trouble as Liverpool’s full-backs.
ST: Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero trained with the team and, although Gabriel Jesus has been playing well, he is nothing on a fully fit and in-form Aguero. He will be another player who can score a goal out of nothing and that is needed in such a big game.