Competition/Round: 2018/19 UEFA Champions League – Quarter-final, Second Leg
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır
Assistants: Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun
Fourth Official: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati, Marco Guida
TV Info: BT Sport 2 (UK); Galavision (USA)
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Radio: BBC Radio Manchester (UK)
Manchester City will host Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-final.
The hosts find themselves behind in the tie as the Spurs hold a narrow 1-0 lead. The Sky Blues will look to amend this result. City cruised past a stubborn Crystal Palace side over the weekend, and after resting some starters, City will look to give it their all in this match.
Meanwhile, Tottenham know a second goal in this tie could force their opponents to take a more drastic approach. Therefore, the traveling side will look to score early in order to put pressure on the hosts.
Who will advance to the Champions League Semi-Final?
Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabian Delph are injured and will not feature in this match. Fernandinho and Claudio Bravo are doubtful.
Tottenham Hotspur are without the injured Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Serge Aurier. Erik Lemela is back in training.
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo; De Bruyne, Gündoğan, D. Silva; Sterling, Agüero, B. Silva
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Wanyama; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Moura
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola was criticized for his team selection in the first leg, and after the 1-0 loss fans and pundits alike were left with many questions. The Sky Blues bounced back over the weekend as they defeated the Eagles, but they will face a more difficult test from the Spurs on Wednesday. To win the tie, City know they have to put pressure on Tottenham.
Which is exactly what the Spurs will want. Knowing an away goal is vital, Tottenham will welcome City’s pressure in order to break on the counter. Should the Spurs score in this tie, it will put City in a difficult position to advance.
Nonetheless, it is believed City learned their lesson in the first leg and will look to make amends in the second. The Sky Blues are in the final stretch of the season to potentially win a quintuple, and they will not allow the traveling side to stand in their way. The Spurs will keep this tie close on aggregate, but ultimately the hosts will find a way to advance to the Champions League Semi-Finals.
Manchester City 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur