Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Tottenham Hotspur will crumble against Manchester City in the Champions League as a result of the ‘drama’ surrounding the transition into their new stadium.
Spurs play host to the Citizens on Tuesday for the first leg, which will be the second competitive fixture to be played following last week’s grand opener against Crystal Palace.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will have to be at their very best to beat City, who have been in imperious form since the turn of the year.
It’ll be a huge occasion for the Lilywhites, with the Champions League their last hope of any winning any silverware this season.
And former Arsenal man Nicholas reckons the new stadium could cost them a positive result in the first leg.
He wrote for Sky Sports: “Man City are getting the job done. Tottenham have got the glamour of the new stadium and this should be a spectacular night. They are an attack-minded side. Do they have to win the football match? Probably not.
“Man City have been resting and teasing teams at the moment, and there is an efficiency about them. They are going to squeeze Tottenham a bit. Tottenham could get caught up in the drama of the new stadium, but nothing changes for Man City.”
Nicholas’ prediction could well ring true on Tuesday night.
It is a massive occasion and there are bound to be some nerves coarsing through the Tottenham players.
That said, it could just as easily be that Tottenham become buoyed by the effect of their new ground and raise their game against Pep Guardiola’s team.