Date: 14th August 2019 at 9:30pm
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With an opening Premier League day victory behind us as we welcomed Aston Villa back to the top flight, it’s a different type of test for Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino this Saturday as we make the trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Pep Guardiola’s reigning top flight Champions – Manchester City.

Although we are only one game in, with a 5-0 victory over their own in the last one, they are once again sat pretty at the top of the pile, but with seven sides sharing three points at this incredibly early stage of the season, we have a tougher task than most to make it six points from an available six.

The team selected will likely be the same as the Villa 18, as with the likes of Juan Foyth, Ben Davies and Dele Alli still listed as out injured (until the next proper update), Son Heung-Min continues to be out as he serves his suspension.

Attack as clinically as we did in the last match, at least in terms of how we ended the game, and we’ll definitely cause City some problems – but we all know what they can do.

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235 Replies to “Spurs Looking For Two Wins On The Spin As We Head To City – Match Thread”

  • I wonder if Poch will stick to his usual game plan and go toe to toe with them? I think we had better results against the top sides by playing with a more defensive setup and playing on the counter attack. It’s a shame Sonny isn’t available for this game.

  • If we are going to be realistic rather than indulge in fantasy and make believe, we really must admit that to get anything from the Etihad, against what is surely the best team in the league, is highly unlikely but we must live in hope, and pray that all our key players have a definate “on” day.

  • To be perfectly honest I do not expect us to get a result ie win or draw, but I am one that dreams and as Frank mentioned indulges in fantasy and make believe, because after all, it is in the end and boils down to a game of football and anything can happen. COYS

  • There are some fundamentals that have to addressed and they start with our defence and DM……We have to force City to play outside of our 18 yard box and reduce them to shots on goal from distance we defo have to clog up the midfield force them to play wide. We can not afford to create 31 chances with only 7 on goal like we did last week. We have enough in the starting 11 and enough on the bench to get a result but we need to be level by the 60th minute….. go 2 behind with 15 minutes to go will be impossible and, leaving space at the back for Sterling to operate in will be a suicide note…….This is a chance for us to make a statement to not just City but to the rest of the Premiership rivals …..limp out of the game to a 3-0 loss and no one will fear us…”its alright lads, its only Tottenham” Poch has to get his tactics right…… first half and second!!!

  • Frank …. Since when did winning a football match become a fantasy. If Spurs winning this one is a fantasy because one team is considered better than the other, then there are fantasies every week in the football world.

    oyveh …. If we lose by 3-0 (or more) the same teams will fear us as they did before. It would make no difference …. except they will just fear City more.

  • They will want revenge for the CL game last season. I hope I’m wrong but reckon they will give us a good old hiding.

    Fingers crossed we at least put up a fight and give them a good game. Just think this one has come too early for the new lads. They need more games and settling in time.

  • As Poch says, it’s time we started thinking like a big club. Two – one to Spurs and a big statement to the rest of the premier league.

  • DH….I agree think like a big club, but that sort of thinking doesn’t guarantee winning, to be truly honest it is what happens on the day, that’s football, and wouldn’t it be fantastic if we came away from Manchester victorious, then as you say “a big statement”. COYS

  • FFS. If our lads play to their potential they can win. The same can be said of Citeh. That seems simple enough. Is Man Citeh the better team over 38 matches? Probably. But will Citeh prove to be the better team this weekend? Who knows. The truth of the pudding will be on the pitch, not on VS. Let the lads play and let’s hope they play up to their potential. If they do, they can win. If they listen to Frank, they won’t. Here’s hoping our players are concentrating on what will happen on the pitch, and not listening to the pessimists among us. Keep your eyes open and your minds attentive and play to your potential, lads. There is nothing magical that mandates a loss this weekend. Let’s not think that there is.

  • I’m with the pessimists here – I think the game is coming way too early for our new players and for those out injured which adds upto quite a few. The new players need bedding in properly and also we need to establish a first team who regularly play with each other to get the kind of result we want here against the best team in the league. If this was later in the season I’d give us a chance but as it is the best I think we can hope for is a draw which would be a cracking result especially away to City but also this early in the season and with all the injuries/lack of fitness/lack of form we currently have.

  • We could do with Foyth at RB – he was excellent there in this game last season. I’d go with Davies at LB if possible aswell as he’s the most defensively sound of our LB’s and can even tuck in and act as a CB. But both are missing as far as I know so it will have to be KWP and Rose who are better going forwards but not as solid defensively. At CB Poch has an important decision to make in does he continue with Toby and Davy or does he bring in Verts? In CM I would have Winks, Sissoko and N’Dombele and we’ll need to be super strong here to thwart their attacks. Then I’d go with Eriksen who runs all day and can provide a killer pass to either Moura’s pace (and skill) and/or Kane’s guile and cunningness. A lot will depend on our full-backs both keeping their wits about them defensively whilst perhaps finding a way to burst forwards and help the attack where possible. Expecting Bernardo to start and Sterling also – our full-backs are going to have their work cut out against 2 of the best wingers in world football currently.

  • I think I would go 541 defending switching to 352 when attacking so we have the extra defender if caught on the break.

  • Not going to be easy against one of the best PL teams of all time so we’ll need to have be on our game to get a positive result.

    They’ll want revenge as well as Pep demanding focus for 2019/20.

    I think Eriksen proved he needs to start over Winks alongside Tangy and Moussa so we create clearer chances.

    Lucas and Lamela on the flanks. KWP and Rose behind alongside Jan (fingers crossed) and Toby.

    Maybe Lo Celso has shown enough for a place on the bench.

    Big game. Do yourselves proud lads!

  • TQ2 so you’d play Toby, Verts and Davy? Interesting option – wonder if Poch will deploy. We had mixed results when playing 3 at the back eg against Ajax last season at home if memory serves losing 1-0. Then again it worked against Dortmund at home if I remember correctly when we won 3-0.

  • Mello I would drop Lamela for Eriksen and still play Winksy – think we’ll need to pack out the central midfield to keep control of the game and stop them dominating. Eriksen is known for being our longest runner and that will be necessary (regularly puts in 13km+ shifts) not to mention his great passing and shooting ability so has to play IMHO – in behind Moura and Kane – getting forwards when we have the ball and dropping back when we don’t.

  • I somewhat agree El Jefe although feel we have to take the game to City and close it out rather than stay in, or chase, the game and nick a goal. Pros and cons either way. I’m hoping for guns on the pitch, go 3 goals up them bring on Winksy.

    Eriksen will put in his graft, as you point out, plus he’s got that advanced passing which we lacked against Villa til he came on.

  • mello …. You’re obviously right, it won’t be easy. I don’t think any of us would be surprised if we lost, but I don’t think many of us would be shocked if we won. I’ll leave the tactics to MP, but an early goal against would make things difficult whereas an early goal for would be a game changer. If we can hold them for the first 30 minutes and get our game going …..!

    If our players had the same attitude as Frank et al there would be little point in them turning up for the match. It’s a pity that all of our supporters don’t have the same belief as the players and manager do. I wonder how the pessimists on here would react to players who surrender before the conflict begins? I’m sure our squad know exactly how hard this game will be and what they have to do to get something out of it. And I’m sure they all believe they can get something out of it. It’s a win/win situation when pundits and some supporters write you off. There’s far more pressure on City to win this than there is on Tottenham.

    It’ll be fun!

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