Is the Quadruple already in danger?

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Leg 2 UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals

Manchester City trail 0-1 to Tottenham after one of our players to watch pushed a goal past Ederson. However, Tottenham’s win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium came at a cost. They lost their star striker, Harry Kane, who might be out for the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury. With the exception of Kane, all our players to watch remain the same as in our first leg preview as the game moves to Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City need a win today to keep the Quadruple in view

Pep Guardiola hasn’t been shy about wanting the Quadruple, and obviously the Champions League is a part of it. However, a penalty kick saved shifts the focus of this match slightly. City trail and need to turn this around or the Quadruple is already lost.

Last Champions League game:

Highs:

  • Despite a substandard performance, they remained in reach of a result the whole match.
  • Kevin de Bruyne made a brief cameo, although I expect him to feature more in Leg 2, which should help Aguero as well.
  • City controlled possession by a substantial margin, 60% to 40%.
  • As part of their way to 60%, they were an extremely accurate passing team, completing about 88% of their passes.

Lows:

  • Two words, penalty saved.
  • Aguero had a really rough day at the office all around, he’ll want to put this one behind him and move on. Nothing really went his way.
  • Despite holding a big lead in possession, City was unable to turn it into anything valuable as they were outplayed in almost every statistical category.
  • Manchester City played almost 200 more passes than Tottenham, but really has nothing to show for it.

Can Spurs spoil City’s perfect season?

Tottenham was able to christen their brand new stadium with its first Champions League game (and subsequently, the first win). Although at a high cost, Tottenham has survived without Kane before and I think this match is no different.

Last Champions League game:

Highs:

  • Tottenham had four total shots on goal from thirteen shots, both are higher than their opponent.
  • Lloris was very solid in the back, making three total saves, only one of which was parried. He also saved a penalty that would have tied things up.
  • Took full advantage of he possession they had, despite only having 40%.
  • Not only did Tottenham win the offensive statistics, they won the defensive ones too — which indicates a solid work rate.

Lows: 

  • Four shots on goal and only one conversion. The low rate has allowed City to be a part of this discussion still.
  • Harry Kane. Even when he doesn’t score the team just seems to have more heart. Kane leads his team with workfare by example and it’s infectious when they see their captain playing so hard. He’s a big loss.
  • I don’t think it’s ideal for Tottenham to have so little possession, especially when the other side is an dangerous as City.
  • I was disappointed in Dele Alli’s play, he needs to step it up for game two and help his team out.

Replacement Player to Watch (Harry Kane Injury):

Lucas Moura: Moura has four goals in his last three appearances in the Premier League as a pure striker. With Kane out, I assume he’ll slot into that same role. Three goals against Huddersfield probably won’t inspire fear in the Citizens hearts, but they won’t overlook the goal at Liverpool. Although he’s only been a starter for 20 Premier League appearances (and a used substitute for seven more); he’s averaging roughly a goal every 170′ in the Premier League for 10 goals and an assist. He’s also appeared in all eight Champions League matches and hs contributed two goals. Moura should be well positioned because he’s the “least” dangerous of the Spurs players and the focus will likely be on Son who’s already scored against City (and Eriksen for creating the chance).

What to expect in this Champions League game:

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Last Updated: April 15, 2019

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