Spurs began their season brightly, coming from behind to run out 3-1 winners over newly-promoted Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week, but as a first away day of the campaign, it could hardly be a more difficult proposition.
Man City not came out on top in a titanic Premier League title race with Liverpool in which the two teams claimed a gargantuan 195 points between them, but also swept the board domestically, picking up the Carabao Cup and FA Cup too.
However, if any team can get the better of Pep Guardiola's side, it's Tottenham, as proven in the Champions League last season, and should Mauricio Pochettino's charges triumph at the Etihad Stadium, it would be a superb psychological boost for Spurs in the 2019-20 campaign - and probably for the other four sides in the big six too.
Alderweireld posted the following message on his Twitter feed, and some fans took the time to respond:
Come on Toby— Charlie (@charliethfc_) 16 August 2019
Announce 10 yr contract, plus coaching role, followed by managership , followed by ambassador, followed by bronze statue, followed by tea lady— RosenthalsLeftBoot (@kajahdgdgdgava) 16 August 2019
Yes! This season... and hopefully you'll sign an extension so you can continue dominating #PleaseStay— Navid G (@NavidG) 16 August 2019
Expect to be defending a lot. Need your A game— Anirudh Ramprasad (@Aniroodh2107) 16 August 2019
You can do it lads! COYS!!— Andy Coote (@AndyCoote64) 16 August 2019
After what we did to them in the CL they want blood. Dont give it to them abeg. COYS— Andy Seaman (@andy_seaman) 16 August 2019
I fear losing this game. Not so much cause it's 3pts, but because players might lose motivation early on in the season. Worst case scenario is plrs not signing new papers and wants to go. That would ruin this team,and it ain't right to give up on this project so close 2 success pic.twitter.com/GNDSw31wzP— inna'so (@o_joaboas93) 16 August 2019
Spurs are still without injured pair Dele Alli and Ryan Sessegnon, plus the suspended Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth, while Ben Davies is nearing fitness and Giovani Lo Celso may be involved after his first full week's training (BBC Sport).
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