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Martin Keown: Lucas Moura is a speed demon who can punish Manchester City on the break

Martin Keown: Lucas Moura is a speed demon who can punish Manchester City on the break

A momentous task awaits Tottenham when they travel to the Etihad tomorrow night to take on Manchester City in the second leg of their quarter-final Champions League clash.

The north London club will be without their talisman Harry Kane, who could miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury (BBC Sport).

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, however, believes Lucas Moura has what it takes to come into the side and add to Tottenham’s current 1-0 lead.

“He [Moura] showed outstanding technique with his second goal to control the ball with his left before volleying in with his right. His emphatic third was the sign of a player brimming with confidence,” Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column when speaking about Moura’s hat-trick against Huddersfield Town over the weekend.

“Moura must be allowed to take this momentum into Spurs’ Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday.

“Tottenham may find themselves having to weather the storm for long periods but in Moura and Son, they have two speed demons who can punish City on the break,” the BT Sport pundit later added.

Looking at Pep Guardiola’s side, for as good as they are, Keown might be onto something.

On the counter-attack, in Champions League knockout games in particular, some of the Spaniard’s previous teams have looked extremely vulnerable.

And as Keown has already mentioned, with his pace, alongside Son, Moura could end up causing the Citizens plenty of problems on the night.

The 26-year-old Brazilian will need to be clinical in front of goal, as he has been in some of Tottenham’s biggest games this season, with there always being the possibility of a team getting few chances against a Guardiola outfit.

If he can do that, then the Champions League final could truly be in sight for Pochettino and his men.

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