As Ajax defeated Juventus to cause the biggest upset of the 2018-19 Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for the same tonight. Spurs already have a foot in the semi-final of the Champions League, courtesy a 1-0 win over Man City at home.
Tonight, however, it will be a mountain to climb for the North Londoners considering they play at the Etihad. Spurs are slated to face the same opponents at the same venue again on the weekend in the Premier League.
Is Son’s goal enough with Kane’s absence?
The biggest question for Spurs is that can they rely on the one-goal lead they got in the first leg?
Containing Manchester City’s vibrant attacking resources will never be easy. Especially at a stadium where the home side put four past the visitors last season in the Premier League.
To add to the misery, Spurs will be without talismanic forward, Harry Kane, who suffered an injury in the first leg.
Kane’s absence, however, could be a blessing in disguise for the Lilywhites.
The English striker missed seven games this season, following an injury during the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in January. Interestingly enough, Spurs won five of those seven games. One of those games was the win over Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park in the Champions League Round of 16.
To complicate things, Kane’s return in February was followed by Spurs losing four of five Premier League games; The worst run under Pochettino so far.
The only notable name Pep Guardiola is without, is Claudio Bravo. His preferred starters as well as substitutes are available for this crucial matchup.
Spurs, meanwhile, have a laundry list of injured players. In addition to Kane, Eric Dier, Serge Aurier and Harry Winks are not expected to take part in this match. Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Fernando Llorente are doubtful as well.
Guardiola clearly has the advantage over Pochettino in the personnel department. It will be a big blot if he’s unable to make it count in this match.