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Ahmed Ahmed

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 17:29 GMT

Manchester City is set to face Tottenham Hotspur in the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday April 9th.

The north London side will be playing their second game at the new stadium and will be buoyed after having won their first game 2-0 against Crystal Palace on Wednesday April 3rd.   

But they will be facing a formidable task against the reigning Premier League Champions, who are on fine form and chasing a possible quadruple this season.  

Sergio Aguero is expected to return for Pep Guardiola’s side after missing the City victory over Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday April 6th. However, makeshift left-back Oleksander Zinchenko is expected to miss the game after going off with a hamstring injury in the midweek victory over Cardiff. 

Both Fabian Delph and Kyle Walker are doubtful but Benjamin Mendy is expected to feature after returning to the starting line-up for the first time in five months at the weekend. 

Spurs will have Eric Dier, Eric Lamela and Serge Aurier missing through injury but Fernando Llorente is expected to return to the squad after recovering from a concussion he suffered in training.  

Tottenham have fallen off the pace in the Premier League recently, leaving their Champions League spot under threat. Winning this match could provide an alternative route to top level European football next season. 

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in the pre-match press conference said, according to BBC News, "I think it's one of the most important games for me as a coach.  

"To play in the Champions League quarter-finals is a massive bonus for us. We know it's going to be very tough.

"Manchester City in the last few years have been building to win everything. If one team is capable of winning everything it is Manchester City today."

City boss Pep Guardiola also spoke at the pre-match press conference and said his side have not left London since their FA Cup semi-final at the weekend.

"The team has shown they are incredibly focused, playing every three days, that’s why we are here.

"We stayed in London to avoid airports, waking up earlier, one hour more, on the bus or the plane. We’ve been out, had lunch together, and it gives us more time to speak and to prepare."