Tottenham vs Manchester City: 3 reasons Spurs must defeat Pep Guardiola’s team

Pep Guardiola's team have lost on all their last four visits to White Hart Lane in the Premier League |Photo Credit: Imago

Tottenham vs Manchester City: 3 reasons Spurs must defeat Pep Guardiola’s team

Asukwo Oduo 10:21 - 14.05.2024

Spurs need to secure all three points against Man City to keep their Champions League ambition alive.

Tonight’s game in the English Premier League serves up an interesting contest as Ange Postecoglou’s men play host to title-chasing Manchester City.

The Cityzens have won three of the last four Premier League titles and are on course to make it four straight EPL trophies, but a formidable Tottenham Hotspur side stands in their way.

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Manchester City made light walk of Fulham, triumphing 4-0 at Craven Cottage in their last game, while Tottenham ended their run of four consecutive defeats, coming from behind to win 2-1 and relegate Burnley in the process.

The matchup between both teams promises to be mouthwatering as both Pep Guardiola and Ange Postecoglou have something to play for. However, Tottenham have 3 key reasons why they need to beat Manchester City.  

1. Champions League qualification

Aston Villa’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool last night now means that Champions League qualification is no more in Tottenham’s hands. The West Midland club only need a point against in-form Crystal Palace to guarantee UCL qualification.

Spurs coach Ange Postecoglou has rubbished claims of losing games because of rivalry |
Spurs coach Ange Postecoglou has rubbished claims of losing games because of rivalry |Photo Credit: Imago

On the otherhand, Tottenham have to beat Manchester City, pick up maximum point against already relegated Sheffiled United, and hope Aston Villa lose at Crystal Palace.

Tottenham cannot afford to drop points against the reigning champions and they must bring their A-game if they want to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

2. Excellent home record against City

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Manchester City are overwhelming favourites going into this game but the Cityzens have lost on all their last four visits to White Hart Lane in the League.

Pep Guardiola wary of this, has informed his troops that they need to stop this losing trend if they are to retain their Premier League crown. He said:

"It's always so demanding to play there, especially this season. They are so aggressive. We know what we are playing for. We know how difficult it is to be in this position again but we have something unique in front of us…This is the time to do it otherwise Arsenal will be champions."     

Tottenham can draw inspiration from their superior head-to-head against Manchester City and give their fans something to cheer.

3. Help your neighbour - Arsenal

Yes, you read it correctly. Every Arsenal fan would be wishing and praying that Tottenham Hotspurs will put aside their rivalry and help out their neighbours by defeating City or sharing the spoils.   

Meanwhile, many fans of Tottenham want their team to lose to Manchester City just to frustrate Arsenal and prevent their North London neighbours from becoming champions. 

The good news for Arsenal, however, is that Tottenham coach Ange Postecoglou has come out to declare that he is not interested in following what some Spurs fans are saying on social media and that he is fully committed to winning all three points against City. 

As reported by the BBC, former Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou said:  

"I understand rivalry. I was part of one of the biggest ones in the world in the last couple of years with Celtic and Rangers

"But I've never, and will never, understand if someone wants their own team to lose. That's not what sport is about. It's not what I love about the game."

Tonight’s game is all about who wants it more and we will find out in a few hours whether it would be Tottenham or Manchester City.