Tottenham surpassed their first test in their new stadium in style. A 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace seemed to be a formality after the match but a much bigger task awaits Mauricio Pochettino. Manchester City visit on Tuesday evening for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Manchester City have been in incredible form recently having won their last five matches in all competitions. With a quadruple still on the cards for Pep Guardiola, this away leg to Tottenham is huge for the Champions League hopes. Although while being in such a tight title race City can’t forget that they have a difficult away game to Crystal Palace on Sunday. Pep will be forced into some difficult squad selection decisions which could mean that some first team starters could miss out on the match on Tuesday.
Regardless of their squad selection; City will be a very difficult team to keep at bay and with a clean sheet being so important from this game. Tottenham will have to be at their best.
Here’s how we predict Spurs will line up:
GK: Hugo Lloris
After a fairly mixed season, Lloris has performed well in the Champions League knock-out stages and is the favourite to start between the sticks.
RWB: Kieren Trippier
Coming off the back of two confident performances against Liverpool and Crystal Palace; Trippier will be feeling confident in his ability to keep Leroy Sane quiet on the right side of defence.
CB: Davinson Sanchez
Having often deployed a back three in the Champions League this season, Pochettino will likely give the young Columbian the nod.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
Despite the rumours surrounding his future, Alderweireld appears to still be enjoying his time at Spurs and has been one of their top performers this season.
CB: Jan Vertonghen
His heroics in the last round of the Champions League secured Tottenham’s progression into the Quarter Finals. He’ll be looking to put his stamp on this game as well.
LWB: Ben Davies
Davies has often been the preferred full back in Europe this season and will keep his place for this one.
CM: Harry Winks
After coming on off the bench against Crystal Palace Winks will likely re-take his place in Spurs’ midfield.
CM: Moussa Sissoko
Sissoko has impressed in Europe this season and will have to be at his best to keep City’s midfield maestro’s at bay.
CM: Christian Eriksen
Eriksen showed his quality against Crystal Palace and with 14 assists in all competitions this season; Spurs will be hoping that he turns up on Tuesday.
ST: Harry Kane
Having scored in Spurs’ last Champions League game, Kane will be looking to add to his European tally against City.
ST: Heung-Min Son
Son scored in his last Champions League and Premier League appearances. His link up with both Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen will be vital for Spurs.