Before last February’s trip the Etihad, Spurs had lost five straight at the Eastlands stadium—every match they had played there since Crouchy’s memorable late winner to cap the 2009-10 season and send us into the Champions League. And it’s not just that we had lost five straight—we’d lost badly. The overall goal differential was 16-4 in favor of the Citizens.
Then last February happened. We were confident, controlled much of the game, and came away with a 2-1 win after a late Christian Eriksen goal assisted by Erik Lamela won the match for us.
As we head into this fixture, we do so with a lot of momentum and also one huge question mark: With Jan Vertonghen out due to injury, how will Mauricio Pochettino set up his team? My preference would be that we keep the 3-4-3 with Ben Davies slotting in for Vertonghen and keeping the rest of the XI the same:
Dier, Alderweireld, Davies
Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose
That said, one intriguing possibility is that we might switch back to something very like last year’s best XI and play a 4-2-3-1. With Dier, Dembele, and Alderweireld all fit, the team could use that system:
Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose
Son, Dele, Eriksen
If it were me, I’d do the 3-4-3 and risk it with Davies. But we’ll find out Saturday at lunch time what Poche has in mind. I’m equal parts giddy and petrified. How are y’all doing?