It was confirmed this morning that Tottenham Hotspur will play Manchester City in the quarter final of the Champions League.
The tie will certainly be a difficult task for Spurs, with City being arguably the in-form team in Europe at the moment.
To make matters worse, Tottenham will play the second leg at the Etihad, which makes the task of progressing to the semi-final even tougher.
As an antidote for all the pessimism among Spurs fans regarding the tie, here’s a look back at the good results Tottenham have had against Man City in recent years.
Tottenham 2 Manchester City 0 (02/10/2016)
Guardiola’s City came into this game having won every one of their first six games of the season but Tottenham outclassed them from start to finish in this game.
City couldn’t cope with the intensity that Pochettino’s men displayed, particularly in the first half.
Man City 2 Tottenham 2 (21/01/2017)
This was the away fixture in the same season where City raced into a two-goal lead early doors. However, Spurs didn’t panic, kept playing their football, and took their chances when they came, thus managing to level the game thanks to strikes by Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli.
Tottenham 4 – Man City 1 (26/09/2015)
Tottenham absolutely blitzed City in the second half after the away side took the lead and looked the better side before the interval.
Spurs scored two of their 4 goals through set pieces in this game and maximising set piece opportunities is something Tottenham will need to do in the CL quarterfinals as well if they are to have a chance of going through.
Man City 1 – Tottenham 2 (14/02/16)
This is another game that Spurs remained patient in, absorbed pressure and hit City on the counter-attack. After taking the lead through Eriksen, Spurs shut the game out completely and didn’t give Man City any chances.
If history is anything to go by, then in order to win this game, Pochettino’s men should be prepared to absorb attacks particularly away from home and take their chances when they get them. They also need to make sure they make their set pieces count.
Truth be told, however, the current Man City team is a completely different animal to the one Spurs beat on these occasions. Spurs will have to remain vigilant for 180 minutes as Guardiola’s team are capable of blowing the opposition away in a short time.
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