“It’s written in the stars” – Former Spur makes bold claim ahead of Man City tie

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham fans came away from the game against Crystal Palace last Wednesday pretty satisfied as the game, which was the first Premier League match at their new stadium, went ahead without any glitches.

Spurs comfortably beat Palace courtesy of two second-half goals and the atmosphere at the venue was absolutely electric throughout the ninety minutes.

The win has completely changed the mood around the club after going 5 games without a win in the Premier League before that.

Tottenham now welcome Manchester City to the 62,062 capacity stadium on Tuesday night for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

Former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton has said that while it will undoubtedly be a hard game, a Tottenham triumph might be ‘written in the stars’ given that it will be the first Champions League game at their new home.

The 47-year-old, who was part of the Spurs legends team that took on Inter Forever at the stadium a couple of weeks ago, said that he expects it to be a special night for the club.

Speaking to Love Sport Radio, Anderton said, “I think we can beat them. Of course, Manchester City is the worst draw we could have had. They are absolutely flying and I love Pep and the way they play.

“But on our day, we can beat anyone and we’ve proven that in beating them over the last few years. We are more than capable.

“No-one thought we would still be in it because we had to go to Barcelona and get something.

“Those sorts of things, in any tournament you win, you always look back on and say ‘we were lucky there’ or ‘how did we manage that?’, so who knows, maybe it’s written in the stars.

“Champions League football at White Hart Lane against a top, top team is going to be a special night.”

The former England midfielder also said that he expects the opening of the new stadium to help propel Spurs back into the top 4.

He added, “The boys have had a bit of a wobble. It’s been a tough few weeks.

“They battered Southampton and it was too easy. They took their foot off the gas and Saints nicked a goal. Somehow they lost that game.

“Then you follow that up with the last-minute defeat to Liverpool and Burnley, it’s not ideal when you’re trying to finish in the top four and you’ve got that new stadium.

“We’ve heard it from everyone that this stadium is built for Champions League football.

“It’s so, so important but when you look at the fixtures that they’ve got, it’s all within their own hands.

“For me, it would be a massive surprise if they weren’t in the top four.”

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