It isn’t the easiest of teams, but Tottenham should be grateful for drawing Manchester City in the Champions League.
For the first time in nearly a decade, four Premier League teams will be involved in the final eight of the most prestigious tournament in club football, and for Spurs, they might be one of the few examples of teams to benefit from drawing an English team.
It will be easy to say City are the favourites for this tie. Pep Guardiola’s side have been the best team in the country for the best part of two years, and on recent head-to-head records, the Citizens have been the better side with the current Premier League holders beating Spurs in the past three meetings.
Champions League experience also favours the blue side of Manchester. Since becoming a regular Champions League side, City has made the semi-finals and quarter-finals in the past three seasons, whereas Spurs will be making their first last eight appearances in eight years.
It is important to note, too, that last season City were put to the sword in the Champions League by an English side, Liverpool, who went all the way to the final.
Spurs might not be in the best patch of form against City in recent games, past history shows the north London side are a team capable of beating the Manchester side. Indeed, the timing of the Champions League games will also be helpful for Spurs, as in between each leg the two sides will meet each other in the Premier League, a game Guardiola will be eager to win as City keep on their hunt for a successive league title.
This league game could be what Spurs need in order to sneak past Manchester City and reach their first European semi-final in over 30 years.
As well as luck in the scheduling, Spurs will be hosting Man City, not at Wembley Stadium, a ground Sergio Aguero and co have flourished at in previous seasons, but at the new Tottenham Stadium, which is set to open in April.
The atmosphere will be electric if the game does take place at the new ground, and with it being close enough to the old White Hart Lane Spurs players might find it easier than most other teams when adapting to the new stadium.
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