This Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur faces an intense Premier League showdown against the formidable Manchester City, the high-flying treble winners. The odds seem stacked against Spurs, who, even with a full-strength squad, would likely not be considered favorites, given City’s impressive record of just one loss in their last 48 home games across all competitions.
Adding to the challenge is Tottenham’s current injury crisis, contributing to their recent three-game losing streak. Despite this setback, Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou has successfully shaped his team into an exciting attacking force, particularly evident in the early months of the campaign.
However, with the squad currently depleted, questions arise about whether Postecoglou should adopt a more defensive approach against the powerhouse that is Manchester City. Ray Parlour, expressing his thoughts on talkSPORT, suggested, “Will he sit back and just say we are going to have to try and soak up the pressure and maybe get a chance with Son or whoever?”
Parlour emphasized the challenge of going toe-to-toe with City’s formidable lineup, stating, “I don’t think you can go out like you have been doing and attack, attack, attack because we know City with the players they have got will just pick you off and before you know it you are 3-0 down.”
In contrast, fellow pundit and devoted Spurs fan, Jamie O’Hara, defended Postecoglou’s attacking style, asserting, “He ain’t going to change mate. I’m telling you now. There’s no way we are just going to sit in and try and hit teams in the break. That’s not his style. He has been pretty adamant about it.”
O’Hara expressed a preference for an assertive approach, stating, “I’d rather us get beaten 3-1 at Man City and we have chances than just sitting in and trying to nick a point because we have done that in the past.”
Tottenham faces a significant challenge with multiple players sidelined due to injuries or suspensions, including James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pape Matar Sarr, Richarlison, and the suspended Sergio Romero.
Reflecting on recent performances, O’Hara acknowledged, “It’s fine margins at the moment but the Premier League is fine margins, all the teams are fine margins.” Despite the odds favoring a heavy City win on paper, O’Hara remains optimistic about Tottenham’s chances, suggesting, “I think it’ll be closer than people imagine. Let’s go with City 2-1 Spurs.”
As the match approaches, the tactical choices made by Ange Postecoglou will be closely scrutinized, leaving fans and pundits alike eager to witness how Tottenham navigates this challenging encounter with Manchester City.