Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, with one English team having to exit the competition.
It’s advantage Spurs in the tie after Heung-min Son’s second-half strike was the difference in the first leg as the Citizens couldn’t find a way past their opponent’s defence.
With Harry Kane injured, Lucas Moura stepped into his shoes on Saturday to steer Tottenham to a 4-0 win against Huddersfield Town. However, City defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday to take the top spot in the Premier League, but for only a few hours.
Tottenham have shone since they moved back home but have not played an away game since, so how will they fare against a City side desperate to turn this tie around?
Here are a few key battles which could determine the result on Wednesday night with both teams battling for a place in the semi-finals.
Sergio Aguero vs Jan Vertonghen
Aguero has been on top form this season, scoring 29 goals in all competitions. However, Vertonghen got the better of the Argentine in the first leg, with the Belgian keeping a clean sheet.
The speed and smarts of Aguero could be a difference-maker in the second leg, so Vertonghen will have to play to his strengths in order to stop the forward.
Raheem Sterling vs Kieran Trippier
The England teammates will forget about their friendship when on the pitch for this game, as both will be looking to help their teams to victory.
The speed and flair of Sterling will make it difficult for Trippier all evening, and if he makes just one mistake, it could be detrimental for Spurs.
David Silva vs Moussa Sissoko
The battle in the midfield between Silva and Sissoko will be key for both teams as the Frenchman will have to stop the Spaniard playing the ball around Tottenham; his defensive midfield qualities will have to be spot on to the stop the maestro.
However, when in form, Silva is impossible to halt and will control the midfield battle for City.
Heung-min Son vs Nicolas Otamendi
With Harry Kane out injured, Heung-min Son may be called on to play as the striker for Spurs. He has an eye for goal, which means Tottenham will create chances, but he will be up against Otamendi, who has been a solid option for Guardiola this season.
Defensively, City should be able to shut out the Tottenham attack, but one mistake could end the dream for Guardiola and his side.
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