Tottenham Hotspur will have to negotiate their way past Manchester City to reach the Champions League semi-final.
Spurs were drawn against the Premier League champions with an advantage of hosting the first leg at the new White Hart Lane before heading to the Etihad.
Spurs are hoping to reach the last four for just the second time in their history. The last time the North London side made it that far was 1961/62 when they suffered a 4-3 aggregate defeat against Portuguese side Benfica.
Their quest could not be any more difficult if the bookmakers are to be believed as City were the pre-tournament favourites to win the competition, giving Mauricio Pochettino’s side the worst possible outcome. But Spurs are no pushovers.
The Lilywhites gave the Citizens a fight in a 1-0 defeat in the Premier League back in October. Mauricio Pochettino will be motivated to throw everything at this fixture, especially with little to play for on the domestic front.
Both sides will clash three times in April. Sandwiched between two continental collisions is a Premier League matchup, pitting the two sides together three times in the space of just 10 days. The players will certainly get to know each other well and it will be interesting to see which tactician, Pep or Poch, comes out on top.
While Tottenham breezed past Borussia Dortmund with a 4-0 aggregate victory, City overcame Schalke with a stunning 10-2 aggregate win. Pep Guardiola’s men showed why they are many people’s favourites for the competition with that ruthless display.
In the group stage City finished as Group F winners ahead of Olympique Lyon. The English champions picked up 13 points from six matches, losing only once. Guardiola’s swashbuckling attack is frightening, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane hitting form at exactly the right time.
Only Paris Saint-Germain (17) outscored them in the group phase (16) and with 26 goals in the Champions League altogether, they currently flaunt the most potent firepower in the competition.
While Guardiola’s teams were amazing at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, his Man City team is arguably his best yet. It’s as though he has a playmaker in every position who can not only create and score goals but also defend.
While many teams pack the box in an attempt to try and hold them off, Pep’s men are still able to break free and attack quickly on the counter.