Tottenham will take on Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday in what will be the first European tie held at Spurs’ new stadium.
City are arguably the most difficult side Tottenham could have been drawn against and come into the tie as massive favourites.
Spurs fans will be hoping that the new stadium will play into their hands and help them get the better of their visitors.
Former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov has warned Spurs players that the stadium cannot do their work for them and that they need to be at their best.
The 38-year-old who played at the venue for a Spurs legends team against Inter Milan a couple of weeks ago told Betfair, “The bad news for Tottenham is that although the new ground is wonderful it won’t play the match against Champions League favourites Manchester City for them.
“The atmosphere will be great but you can’t depend on the stadium to do the work for you.”
The Bulgarian, however, insisted that Spurs will go for the win and try to take an advantage into the second leg. He said they cannot be written off particularly considering their performance against City at Wembley earlier in the season.
Berbatov added, “The odds say Spurs don’t have much of a chance but remember the game at Wembley earlier this season – Tottenham arguably should have drawn that and I cannot write them off here.
“I certainly think that Spurs will go for the win to give them an advantage in the two-legged tie.
“The pitch is perfect for both sides’ passing games, and as ever the team that comes out on top will be the one that makes the least mistakes.
“It’s basically a Premier League match between two sides who know each other so well.
“I said it before but the only real difference here is the anthem before the game.”
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