Spurs host Pep Guardiola’s side at their new stadium tonight before the away leg at the Etihad later this month. Tottenham were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Real Madrid in 2011 but are a far more established side now and will be hoping City’s packed schedule will prove a burden.
Despite a lack of silverware in recent times Spurs have remained one of the most consistent teams in the Premier League.And Pochettino says his side can show they’re one of Europe’s best tonight. To be playing a CL quarter-final here is something we are so excited about,’ wrote Pochettino in his programme notes.
Every year we have demonstrated progress in the competition and now we are showing that we can be considered one of the best teams in Europe. We are not satisfied with a place in the final-eight though and like every competition we play in, our ambition is to win it.
There are no easy games in a quarter-final tie and tonight we face a tough opponent as we welcome Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side. We know the quality they have in their squad and will have to be at our best.