Manchester City fell to another embarrassing home defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday night, despite making the Carabao Cup final. Now, Guardiola’s side have a chance to make amends instantly, as they travel to face Tottenham Hotspur in London. Spurs are in sixth place in the Premier League table after a resurgence under José Mourinho.
Ahead of the game, we spoke to Daily Hotspur to get answers to some of our burning questions about Spurs, Mourinho, Lo Celso and more…
Thanks for joining us! Firstly, what do you think of José Mourinho’s time in charge of the club so far? Are Spurs fans optimistic about the future under his leadership?
Mixed feelings for now. The football and results haven’t been great but the squad is starting to head in the right direction. Some of the deadwood has already been moved on and two talented youngsters have been acquired. With the likes of Alderweireld, Sessegnon, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Son, Bergwijn and Dele, the core of the team is starting to take shape. The squad has been in desperate need of a refresh for over a year and with the new boys starting to find their feet, I hope it can give us a big boost for the rest of the season.
You’ve had a busy transfer window so far, including two big new signings. How do you feel about the club’s transfer business?
Large holes remain in Spurs’ squad but Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn are both very solid additions. With Harry Kane out and no back-up in the squad, not signing a striker is frustrating. Spurs also needed to strengthen with a holding midfielder and full-backs on both sides, but those are now areas that can be fixed in the summer.
Fernandes comes in to replace the injured Moussa Sissoko in the squad and given he’s a loan signing with an option to purchase, it’s a low risk deal. He has plenty of potential, but also requires a lot of work. On the other hand, Bergwijn is an incredible addition and one I’m extremely excited about. His speed and ability to dribble is quite incredible and I don’t have any worries about him adapting to the Premier League. With José switching to a 4-3-3 formation he’ll most likely come straight into the line-up for Lucas Moura. He’s a great step towards rebuilding our squad.
The other big news for Spurs in January is the departure of Christian Eriksen. How have Spurs fans reacted to seeing him go, and is Giovanni Lo Celso the man to replace him long-term?
Christian Eriksen effectively left Spurs a year ago, many Spurs will be sad to see him go after all he gave us over the last six years, but I’m glad we’ve parted ways given the drop in his levels of performance. Spurs should have been trying to offload him two years ago when they knew he wanted out and leaving it until the last 6 months of his contract to sell him has cost us significantly. Although, we have made the best of a bad situation by selling him for a similar price to Bergwijn.
His departure has also been made considerably easier with Lo Celso really starting to find his feet in England. He’s been our standout player over the last few weeks and I can’t wait to see more of him.
City have been in patchy form of late but can still do damage – which City player worries you the most when they face Spurs? On the other hand, which Spurs player do you think is your key man in Harry Kane’s absence?
For sure Bernando Silva is the City player I admire the most. His ability to cover multiple positions in midfield and do so with such flawless effect is amazing, along with bring able to both score and create – he’s a very well-rounded player.
I’d actually say he’s very similar to Lo Celso, who is quickly becoming our key man, in both his style of play and being able to comfortably play in either midfield or attack.
Finally, what’s your predicted Spurs starting XI and score for the match this weekend?
5-2-2-1: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Tanganga, Sessegnon; Lo Celso, Winks; Dele, Son; Moura.
Tottenham 1-2 Manchester City
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