Champions League: 5 Key Battles That Could Decide Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Man City

Champions League: 5 Key Battles That Could Decide Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Man City

In an all-Premier League tussle that has the continent vibrating with anticipation, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City go head-to-head on a freshly laid battleground in north London on Tuesday, in the first leg of their Champions League Quarter Final double header.

With 11 wins from their last 16 meetings with Spurs, recent history is certainly on City’s side, though Tottenham will feel that they are starting afresh this week in what will be the first European fixture at their incredible new home.

That should add an extra layer of significance to what already promises to be a monumental evening of action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important individual duels that could play a key role in deciding the outcome of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City clash this week.

Read our comprehensive Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City match preview for more predictions and betting tips here.

Toby Alderweireld vs Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero Manchester City

After a campaign disrupted by injuries and fitness issues last season, Toby Alderweireld has re-established himself as one of Europe’s top centre halves in 2018/19.

Tottenham’s technically accomplished defender has started all but 1 of the club’s Champions League fixtures this term and Alderweireld has missed just 3 of Spurs 32 Premier League contests since August.

The Belgian international’s reading of the game and distribution from the back are both of an exceptional standard – Alderweireld has averaged 5.1 clearances per game for Tottenham and the 30-year old has played more passes on average per 90 minutes (70.8) than any of his teammates this season.

On Tuesday, Alderweireld will need every inch of his defensive acumen to stop Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. The phenomenally productive Argentine is the Citizen’s leading scorer in both the Premier (19) and Champions League (5) this season, however, its’ interesting to note that Aguero hasn’t scored against Tottenham since 2015.