Jermaine Jenas is predicting Tottenham to fall short when they travel to Manchester City on Saturday evening in the Premier League.
Spurs commenced their Premier League season with a home win over Aston Villa last weekend, but now have to face the reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side know they are facing one of the best teams in Europe and they had some fierce battles with them last season.
Manchester City won three of the four games between the two teams last season across all competitions, but Spurs did knock them out of the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals.
Ex-Spurs midfielder Jeans is excited ahead of the weekend fixture, but feels his former team may just lose out and pinpointed the absence of Heung-Min Son as a key factor.
The 27-year-old attacker is serving the last game of his suspension and is one of the most talented individuals in the team.
“I do believe Spurs will come up just a little bit short this weekend with the loss of Son, but I think you go at City and give them a real test. Test that defensive line because there are mistakes in there,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Son ran riot in games against Manchester City last season and scored three goals in his three appearances against them.
The South Korean striker netted 20 goals across all competitions last season and has developed into an elite player during the reign of Pochettino.
His quality on the counter attack will be massively missed against Manchester City, so the burden could be on the likes of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele to make supporting runs beyond striker Harry Kane.
Spurs definitely have the ability to get a one-off result against Manchester City, but it will be extremely tough away from home and there will be little margin for error.