“Experience, nerve, and spirit” – Spurs ace outlines what they have to do to beat City

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham travel to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow evening to take on Manchester City, with a place in the final four of the Champions League up for grabs.

Spurs take a one goal advantage to Manchester thanks to Heung-Min Son’s second-half strike in the first leg.

If Tottenham managed to score an away goal, it will mean that Pep Guardiola’s side will have to score at least 3 goals to progress to the semi-final.

Despite being a goal to the good, City still go into the game as favourties to progress. Given the form Guardiola’s side have been in, Tottenham certainly need to be at the top of their game to overcome them.

Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris has insisted ahead of the tie, that the game will be about tiny details, and Tottenham have to keep their nerve if they wish to progress in the competition.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Frenchman said, “It is the type of game all players want to play in. It is going to be about details – the same as the first leg. We need experience, nerve, and spirit.

“The spirit has been fantastic the last few weeks but you can never feel comfortable. You always need to push your limits. That is going to be the case against City.”

Lloris himself has had quite a mixed season, having made some poor blunders that have cost the team points, while also saving the team in a few games with some brilliant stops, including a penalty save in 1-0 win over City in the first leg.

The World Cup winner said it is much easier to recover from mistakes now than it was when he was young.

Lloris added: “It is part of football. Football is about mistakes. You have to switch off from that and switch on to another game.

“It is all about challenges and it is easier when you are 32 than when you are 20,’ said Lloris. ‘When it doesn’t go your way you need to believe in yourself and keep working.”

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