The Clash Between Manchester City And Tottenham Hotspurs – The EPL season kicks-off this weekend with a host of clubs involved in a dog-fight at the top of the table.
The EPL season kicks-off this weekend with a host of clubs involved in a dog-fight at the top of the table. The first match that sets off is none other than Manchester City taking on London club, Tottenham Hotspurs.
Last season, the Londoners were hammered 6-1 at the Etihad stadium but new manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to set things right with a crucial victory.
On the other hand, City has been quick on the counter but still hasn’t shown the form from last season that set them the Championship title.
With both sides having quality players in the team, this encounter will promise goals aplenty. Here’s what one can expect from this mouth-watering clash between Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City:
Pochettino’s defensive tactics:
The South American manager has yet mark his stamp on the Tottenham supporters but the former is producing results that the club craved for. A draw at fierce rivals Arsenal was a handful while two back-to-back victories have left the team back in the top spot mix. Mauricio’s tactics will be to stop the attack of City’s offensive players and it will be testing the young shoulders of Bentaleb and co.
Manchester City need to push-on
The reigning champions need to start winning games if they are retain the EPL title. A couple of draws as well as a shock defeat at the hands of Stoke City have left manager Manuel Pelligrini scratching his head. Tottenham are no pushovers as City would look to the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva to provide the breakthroughs.
International break NOT the solution
The EPL kicks-off after a two-week international break with most of the stars representing their nations. Travelling as well injuries might play a hand in this week’s clash and might just spoil the mood if star players from either side do not make the cut.
Spurs’ defensive problems
Over the years, Tottenham Hotspurs were shambolic in defense and most of it all, the injuries played its part as well. But this season, Pochettino has brought some handy defenders plus has worked his magic in settling the back four. If Spurs solve their back four crisis, a victory at the Etihad could make their Saturday even more special.
The Citizens need Yaya Toure of old
Ivorian Yaya Toure has been underperforming this season and not quite shown the form from the previous seasons that catapulted City to being EPL winners. If Yaya Toure breaks the shackles and gets into the scoring mode, expect the current champions to run over the Spurs squad with much ease.