Charlie Nicholas believes that Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne will be the key individual ahead of ht game against Tottenham.
Spurs travel to Manchester City on Wednesday night for the second leg of a Champions League quarter-final.
The North London club won the first leg 1-0 thanks to Heung-Min Son’s goal and they now need to try defend that lead at the Etihad Stadium.
Sky Sports pundit has identified De Bruyne as the major threat to Spurs, as he’s got the vision and ability to unlock their resilient defence.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder has had his problems with injuries this campaign, but provided two assists at the weekend in the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend and is ready to be unleashed in miweek.
“Tottenham will sit in and play on the counter-attack. It is whether they are good enough to keep the ball,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Sometimes you can force the pass in these games and the key to this game is De Bruyne.
“He has the determination to find the pass and he is good without the ball as well. Man City will go through – it will go right to the wire, but City are still holding the edge at this moment.”
De Bruyne is one of the outstanding players in the Premier League that can strike fear into any opponent and Spurs would have been pleased he only got a late cameo against them in the first leg.
But they are a completely different proposition when he’s in the team and certainly is one of several potential match-winners.
He’s not been able to hit the same high standards as last year due to injuries, but he could still have a big say in the final stages of the season in where silverware ends up.
Spurs need to ensure he’s not allowed space around the penalty area, with midfielders Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks in for a tough night of work at the Etihad Stadium if the visitors want to come away successful.