Following last season’s 6-0 mauling at the Etihad last season, the very sight of a trip to Manchester City will have armchair Tottenham fans looking for excuses to get down to B&Q instead on Saturday lunchtime instead.
For those Lilywhites brave enough to tune in, here’s three things Mauricio Pochettino may wish to consider doing if the Argentine is to prevent any chance of a repeat.
Keep things tight for at least the first minute
A poor clearance from Hugo Lloris allowed Jesus Navas to score this expert chip within the first 15 seconds, which set the tone for the rest of the contest.
Pochettino’s side must play it safe early doors and prevent City sniffing blood.
Make sure Edin Dzeko is properly marshalled
Some players simply love to score against the same opponents and Dzeko v Spurs is a case in point; his current tally stands at six.
The Bosnian has bagged four in as many City appearances before finding the net for Bosnia against Belgium just a few days shy of this clash.
Jan Vertonghen played in that match and being more mobile than Younes Kaboul should be allotted the task of keeping Dzeko quiet.
Play Dembele alongside Capoue in the centre of the park
If Spurs can remain in the game in the first half, then bringing flair off the bench is a great option for Pochettino, such as Erik Lamela or Andros Townsend.
However, to start with more physical players such as Mousa Dembele and Etienne Capoue are best served mixing it in the middle of the park with Yaya Toure and co.
The bruising Belgian wasn’t brought on until the hour mark last season, when five goals had already sailed in.
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