Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur later today in the return fixture of their Premier League clash, just three days after the 4-3 Champions League win at the Etihad.
Wednesday’s result wasn’t enough for Pep Guardiola’s men to advance to the semifinals, though, as Spurs went through on away goals following the 4-4 aggregate, and today’s encounter is set to be fierce.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are fighting for a top-four finish, with only a point between them and fifth-placed Chelsea, while City are currently trailing leaders Liverpool by two points.
Spurs have to leave the Etihad with at least a point in order to keep their top-four chances alive, and here is how their Argentine manager is likely to set his side up:
GK – Hugo Lloris
The veteran goalie put in an impressive shift during the week despite shipping four goals, and he will be looking to keep the City attack at bay today.
LB – Danny Rose
The 28-year-old has forced his way back into Pochettino’s starting lineup again after some eye-catching performances, and he will likely start ahead of Ben Davies again.
CB – Jan Vertonghen
City would have scored more than four goals on Wednesday if not for his commendable effort, and he will be hoping to minimize the hosts’ attacking threat today.
CB – Toby Alderweireld
The Belgian struggled against City’s front-three last time out, but he will most likely retain his place as his experience will once again come handy.
RB – Kieran Trippier
His assist from a corner ensured Fernando Llorente grabbed the Spurs’ third goal that helped put them through, and he will be hoping to do more and also contain Raheem Sterling after struggling to do so during the week.
LM – Dele Alli
The 23-year-old was forced to drop deep after Moussa Sissoko was forced off through an injury against City, and he could be tasked with more defensive duties again today.
CM – Victor Wanyama
Despite putting in a solid performance in the middle of the park, the Kenyan struggled to contain Kevin De Bruyne who assisted three of City’s goals, and he simply has to do better today.
RM – Christian Eriksen
The Dane wasn’t at his best during the week, but he still managed to register an assist and he will hope to help Spurs more in the final third today.
LW – Son Heung-Min
The early brace from the South Korean ensured City had their work cut out for them for the remainder of the game, and he has helped soften the blow Harry Kane’s absence dealt on the team.
CF – Fernando Llorente
While he came off the bench to make an influence last time out, Pochettino might be keen on handing him a start today in order to go direct all-game.
RW – Lucas Moura
The Brazilian registered a hat-trick last weekend and despite struggling in the final third during the week, he remains a threat and could retain his place for today’s visit.