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Pochettino to start Sissoko and Wanyama? – Predicted 3-4-1-2 Tottenham XI to face Manchester City

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Tottenham travel to the Etihad Stadium as Mauricio Pochettino’s side faces Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Spurs really pulled off a stunning result in the first leg at our new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, thanks to a late Son Heung-min strike. We have a slender 1-0 lead but to progress to the next round, our whole team will have to give everything to overcome the odds.

Manchester City, meanwhile, will look to go for the kill from the blow of the first whistle.

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Harry Kane hobbled off in the first leg and could be out for the rest of the season.

Dele Alli also walked off holding his hand and remains a doubt, and so is Harry Winks, who injured himself during training.

Probable Tottenham XI

Formation: 3-4-1-2

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Hugo Lloris (GK)

Lloris was excellent in the first leg and will look to reproduce something similar on Wednesday.

Kieran Trippier (RWB)

Trippier did a good job in keeping Sterling at bay in the first-leg. With Aurier injured, he is expected to keep his place in the team.

Toby Alderweireld (RCB)

A pillar at the back, Alderweireld is one of the first names on the team sheet.

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

Sanchez has blown hot and cold this season but Wednesday could be a very good opportunity to repay our manager’s faith in him.

Jan Vertonghen (LCB)

A leader at the back, Vertonghen will have to be at his best to keep City’s attackers at bay.

Danny Rose (LWB)

Aggressive and tenacious, Rose could get the nod ahead of Davies at the Etihad.

Moussa Sissoko (CM)

Sissoko has impressed massively with his work rate and tenacity in midfield. He is a certain starter for Spurs.

Victor Wanyama (CM)

Wanyama’s presence will be important on Wednesday. The Kenyan will look to intercept the opposition’s attacks and protect the backline.

Christian Eriksen (CAM)

Tottenham’s creative hub, the Danish midfielder will have to be at his best, if we are to win against Manchester City.

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Son Heung-min (RS)

Son is enjoying his best season at our club and is an undoubted starter at the Etihad.

Read more: Tottenham handed massive boost as this Man City ace is doubtful for epic clash

Lucas Moura (LS)

Moura scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 rout of Huddersfield at the weekend. That should give him a lot of confidence going into this game.

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Tottenham interested in summer move for young £40m Premier League star

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Tottenham transfer news: Spurs interested in signing Youri Tielemans in the summer

Tottenham are weighing up a move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, reports the Daily Mirror (h/t Leicester Mercury).

Youri Tielemans, 21, has impressed since joining Leicester on loan from Monaco in January, with Adrien Silva heading in the opposite direction. Leicester are keen to strike a deal but there’s no buy clause in the loan agreement, so the Foxes have to strike a separate deal and may have to splash around £40m for his permanent signing in the summer (h/t Leicester Mercury).

Tottenham have been linked with the Belgian midfielder as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bolster his midfield options but the Daily Mirror (h/t Leicester Mercury) claims that Manchester United are serious contenders too.

With 2 goals and 4 assists in his 10 Premier League appearances, Tielemans has shown enough promise to suggest that he could be the answer to Spurs’ midfield conundrum.

Tielemans would be a good fit at Tottenham

Spurs sold Dembele to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F in the January transfer window as his contract was set to expire in the summer. But Mauricio Pochettino didn’t bring in a replacement throughout the winter transfer window, meaning we have now failed to sign a single player since Lucas Moura joined the club in January 2018.

Even though Pochettino has done an excellent job so far this season despite signing no players in the past two transfer windows, we cannot ignore the fact that our squad needs bolstering in the summer.

At 21, Tielemans has already given a glimpse of his qualities at Leicester City. He’s been a revelation for the Foxes since his arrival. The Belgium international may not be a world-class name that Tottenham fans really want to see this summer but he has the potential to become a world beater.

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Without any second thoughts, the youngster has to be high on Pochettino’s summer wishlist.

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“Tottenham till I die”, “Outstanding effort”: Some Spurs fans laud players despite 1-0 loss to Man City

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City faced off for the third time in the space of ten days this afternoon, with City emerging victorious on this occasion, thanks to an early goal from Phil Foden.

The 18-year-old’s goal in the fifth minute was enough to decide the match, despite Tottenham creating numerous chances to equalise and maybe even take a lead.

The game lacked the goals of the midweek clash but there was still plenty of incident, with both sides having numerous chances. In the end, City were grateful to have a solid performance from Ederson, who made some key saves to deny Son and Moura.

City did have chances to extend their lead – Sergio Aguero’s effort blocked at close-range by an excellent Toby Alderweireld and Raheem Sterling was kept out by Paulo Gazzaniga’s outstretched leg. The hosts’ looked twitchy in the final 15 minutes of the game as our gaffer threw Llorente on the field.

Before Llorente came in, Moura had a good chance to make it 1-1, only for his low shot from the right angle to be blocked by a combination of Stones and an onrushing Ederson.

Despite all the pressure in the final 10-15 minutes of the game, where City were constantly pinned back, we eventually didn’t do enough in front of goal. Defeat at the Etihad means we stay in third but could be in fourth if our north London rivals Arsenal win tomorrow against Crystal Palace.

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After the 1-0 loss to City, here’s how our fans reacted on Twitter.

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Dele Alli and Ben Davies get 6/10 but who gets 8/10? – Tottenham players rated from 1-0 loss to Manchester City

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Phil Foden scored his first Premier League goal as Manchester City claimed a crucial 1-0 win over Tottenham to regain top spot in the table.

The 18-year-old became City’s third-youngest Premier League goalscorer as he headed home after just five minutes of a tense clash at the Etihad, three days after we dumped them out of the Champions League.

The victory took City back above Liverpool, but at the cost of another injury to Kevin De Bruyne, who limped off with what looked like another knee problem before half-time. As far as Spurs are concerned, we remain third in the table but could be fifth by tomorrow if Arsenal win their game against Crystal Palace.

Tottenham Player Ratings

Paulo Gazzaniga- 6/10

Looked shaky in the initial moments of the game before settling down gradually. Produced a fantastic block with his foot to deny Sterling at 1-0.

Toby Alderweireld- 7/10

Alderweireld was solid and made an excellent block to deny Sergio Aguero at the start of the second half. Replaced in the final few minutes by Fernando Llorente.

Davinson Sanchez- 8/10

Lost Aguero for the crucial opener as the Argentine ghosted behind him before heading to Foden for a simple header. However, he redeemed himself with some last-ditch defending to keep the hosts’ away from scoring more than one.

Jan Vertonghen- 6/10

Lacked pace to cope up with the City attackers and was lucky to stay on the pitch for the entire game. Solid but unspectacular.

Juan Foyth- 7/10

Started shakily in his unusual position at right wing-back as Sterling gave him a torrid time. Settled well gradually before putting in a good display.

Eric Dier- 4/10

Looked rusty which is usual after returning from an injury. Just couldn’t control the proceedings from midfield and was replaced at the hour mark.

Dele Alli- 6/10

Alli produced some really delicate footwork to bamboozle the City players. Did well from a deeper role in midfield.

Ben Davies- 6/10

Couldn’t keep up with the trickery of the nimble-footed Bernardo Silva, who enjoyed an excellent game.

Christian Eriksen- 7/10

Eriksen produced some gorgeous through balls which sadly our players couldn’t capitalize. He was denied by Ederson inside the first 15 minutes where he could have done better.

Lucas Moura- 7/10

Worked his socks off throughout the game and was really unlucky with his chance in the closing stages as Ederson denied him a certain equaliser.

Son Heung-min- 8/10

Son was once again a thorn for the hosts with his movement and pace. Had two good chances to score but was denied by Ederson and Laporte. Worked extremely hard but without any reward.

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Victor Wanyama- 5/10

Added a lot of physicality and steel to the midfield which Spurs lacked earlier.

Danny Rose- 5/10

Replaced Alli to take a place in central midfield. Fluffed a shot wide when he should have at least hit the target from outside the box.

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Fernando Llorente- 4/10

Replaced Alderweireld but couldn’t make a telling impact once again at the Etihad.

 

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Mauricio Pochettino ready to trust Tottenham’s youth stars in epic clash against Manchester City

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Spurs news: Mauricio Pochettino ready to trust youth against Man City

Tottenham are preparing to face Manchester City for a second consecutive game in a week.

Spurs progressed to the semi-finals of the competition on Tuesday in dramatic fashion against Manchester City. Despite a 4-3 loss at the Etihad Stadium, we advanced 4-4 on away goals, with Raheem Sterling’s last-gasp goal disallowed after a VAR review.

Having knocked out City from the Champions League, we have a glorious opportunity to now dent Pep Guardiola’s title hopes on Saturday. Also, with a win at the Etihad in the Premier League, we ourselves will solidify the top four hopes.

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And in the pre-match presser against City, Pochettino explained he wants to finish the season in the top four.

“The Premier League is different and we are fighting for different things,” Pochettino told in his pre-match press conference. (h/t The Daily Mail)

“Manchester City are trying to win the Premier League and, for us, it’s so important to be in the top four for next season.”

Spurs have few injury problems ahead of the game, with Moussa Sissoko set to miss after hobbling off against City in the Champions League, while Harry Kane has commenced his rehab on his ankle injury. Meanwhile, Erik Lamela remains out with a hamstring problem.

Pochettino has said he could field some fresh faces on Saturday after such an exhausting Wednesday night in the Champions League.

“City have an unbelievable squad, they can change and rotate the starting 11 and keep the same level on the pitch,” he added.

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“With all the circumstances and some injuries, maybe we need to think about playing with younger players, not without experience, but with plenty of energy and keeping the same ideas – to be brave and try to compete.

“It’s going to be tough but we need to think about recovery and try to design the best strategy to try to be competitive.”

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Pochettino deserves immense credit for the fact that Tottenham have been able to make it so far in the Champions League. Having not spent a single on improving our team this season, he has managed to keep the squad motivated throughout the campaign. And that has been key to the team staying in the hunt for the trophy this season.

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