Having had to sweat to earn their victory against Wigan, Goal.com reasons why as to why the clash against Spurs is even more important for the Sky Blues...
The Middle East has become the major talking point in world football for a variety of reasons. Right from the wealthy Arab owners to getting the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, they have been in the midst of things. One of those high profile owners owns an equally glamourous football club in Manchester City who have now shot to the limelight due to their big spending ways and ruthless demolition of opponents (for further clarification on this ask any Manchester United fan).
While they made an early exit from the Champions League in what was their first appearance in the competition after being placed in arguably was what was the group of death, they have an unblemished home record in which they have slammed in 31 goals and only conceded 4 in the league.
Their home losses have come only in the FA Cup at the hands of their fierce arch rivals in the FA Cup and a defiant Liverpool in the Carling Cup. The poor string of results on the road has proved that City are capable of being beaten and their scrappy win against Wigan last Monday started to throw some doubts whether the wheels have come off in their title challenge.
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This fact will be put to test on Sunday when they entertain high flying Tottenham who have done all the right things to ensure that they are in the mix for the title and have left usual suspects Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool behind.Managed by the astute Harry Redknapp they are a force to reckon with given that they have come a long way since their 5-1 mauling handed to them by City at White Hart Lane back in August last year in which Dzeko ran riot and Aguero and Nasri showed why City shelled out the moolah to be part of the City revolution.
Spurs have become more organized in midfield due to the signing of England international Scott Parker whose work rate is vital for them. It will be a key component for them to break down the slick City midfield and David Silva, in particular. They have a mixed record away from home with wins only against Norwich in the League and Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League to show in the last month from the four they played.
However they reserve their best performances for the top teams and have always put up a very good fight and given the football fan their money’s worth.
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City, on the other hand, are a wounded snake. From being in the fray to win the treble in England they are out of the FA Cup and face a stern test at Anfield to overcome a one goal deficit against Liverpool in the League Cup. Add the doubts being raised about their title challenge falling apart.
The title winning credentials are decided when a team can go toe-to-toe with the big boys of the League. City have a good record in the League against the top teams in England this season with the loss to Chelsea being the only black mark on an otherwise impressive display.
Fans can claim that City made Spurs look like a Sunday League team earlier in the season but they will have to only look at their opponents recent results to know that they are certainly a much better side since they last faced them.
Despite the absence of the Toure brothers who have left for AFCON, Mario Balotelli’s injury and Vincent Kompany’s suspension, City have enough firepower in the squad to come out victorious at the Etihad. A victory shall send out a strong statement to all the doubting Thomas’ that Man City are on the right track on the path to winning the Premier League crown.