Tottenham Hotspur make the trip to Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City had contrasting opening-weekend performances in the Premier League.
Both picked up victories, but the manner of the win was relatively different.
Tottenham scored three goals in the final 17 minutes to beat Aston Villa 3-1, after the Villans had led for most of the game in North London, while the reigning champions demolished West Ham United 5-0 away from home.
Spurs, as they so often do, did it the hard way, while Pep Guardiola’s side had blood in their nostrils from the first minute and it reflected in the performance and, more importantly, the result.
The Etihad plays host on Saturday as the Londoners take on the Sky Blues and Mauricio Pochettino’s need to be far better at both ends of the field if they are to pick up a win.
Christian Eriksen, whose second-half cameo led to Tottenham turning things around against Villa, could justifiably expect to start the game, while Giovani Lo Celso has been training this week following his big-money move on deadline day and he too will want to make Pochettino’s XI.
Starting Lo Celso away at the champions, in his first taste of English football, might be considered throwing him in at the deep end, but if he’s fit then the former Betis star is certainly a player who can help the Lilywhites.
In defence, the Argentine manager might consider recalling Jan Vertonghen to his defence, after leaving him out entirely last weekend. The way in which Villa carved Tottenham open for John McGinn’s goal is a worry and if a newly-promoted side can do it, City definitely can.
Here’s a potential XI which may worry Guardiola.
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