‘No reason why they can’t rival them’ – Stuart Pearce backs Spurs to challenge Man City tomorrow
Ex-Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has suggested that Spurs have the capability of hurting his former side this weekend, ahead of the clubs’ meeting at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.
Both sides enjoyed winning starts to the league campaign, but this could be the first real test for each team.
Spurs have got well acquainted with City over the past few months, with the sides meeting four times in 2018/19 – Pep Guardiola’s men were victorious in both league clashes and the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final – though, of course, Spurs eventually prevailed on away goals.
Considering Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final after subsequently seeing off Ajax following their Eastlands heroics, Pearce thinks that Mauricio Pochettino has a squad that could give City a real test, and is not expecting Spurs to approach the game in a cautious manner.
He told TalkSPORT: “I think Tottenham will be expected to do more than to just ‘be patient’.
“They’ll be going there with more than just an expectation of a mid-table team just to shut up shop.
“Listen, they got to the Champions League final last year! So there‘s no reason why they can’t rival them.
“They are expected to rival Man City and Liverpool this season and improve on what they did last year.
“And they’ve got enough talent – Eriksen is immense – in their ranks to hurt Man City, there’s no doubt about that.”
Spurs certainly have enough previous against Manchester City in recent months to suggest that they can be competitive in tomorrow’s game.
Tottenham briefly led City away from home during their pulsating European tie last season – without main marksman Harry Kane leading the line.
Pearce seems to suggest that their journey to the Champions League final is a sign that Spurs can perform in the big games, and with away victories at Arsenal and Manchester United to add to their Etihad miracle in the previous year alone, who is anyone to say that victory is beyond Tottenham’s reach tomorrow night?
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