After seeing City demolish West Ham 5-0 on the opening weekend of the new season, next up is an early showdown with Tottenham Hotspur. The Champions of England started their new campaign off with style with goals from Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and an opening day hat trick for Raheem Sterling.
Next up is the first home game of the season. A head to head with Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.
Although Spurs managed to secure all three points in the opening game of the season against newly promoted Aston Villa, it was not as straightforward as their 3-1 score line suggests.
Villa took a surprising lead in the opening ten minutes of the match through John McGinn. The visitors were in front for the majority of the match, until the 73rd minute when Spurs’ big money signing Tanguy Ndombele scored his first ever Premier League goal on his debut to pull Spurs level.
It was then late heartbreak for Villa when Harry Kane scored two late goals to truly put the nail in the Villa coffin.
Their opening game showed that while Spurs are resilient in finding a win, they can be vulnerable at the back. Something that City’s front attacking force will hope to take advantage of come Saturday.
In this week’s press conference, Pep revealed that there were no fresh injury concerns. Leroy Sané is set to have his operation this week after his ACL injury against Liverpool in the Community Shield forced him off early. Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy is still being eased back into the team. With Pep stating the Frenchman’s fitness is more important than his playing time.
Pep also revealed that Fernandinho is fit and in contention to play a part in the game against Spurs. However, with his debut performance against West Ham, it would be a surprise if new signing Rodri was dropped from the team.
Head to Head
City played Spurs four times last season, the most exciting game being the home fixture in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals. The game ended 4-3 to City, but it was Spurs who made it to the final.
Then a week later, Spurs returned to the Etihad for a crucial Premier League clash. While this match didn’t have as many goals, just the one from Phil Foden, it carried just as much importance in City’s trophy haul last season.
It may still be early days in this new season, but with both teams having made significant signings in the summer transfer market. Saturdays match should be a real spectacle.
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