Jamie Redknapp and Chris Sutton have both told the Daily Mail that they reckon Tottenham Hotspur can beat Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League tie, because of Spurs’ new ground.
Spurs went into the international break in dismal form. They have failed to win in their last four Premier League matches, suffering defeats to Chelsea, Burnley and Southampton.
Firmly out of the title race, Spurs will be looking over their shoulder. Arsenal are just a point behind in fourth, while Manchester United are in fifth – three points behind Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
But Redknapp and Sutton reckon that poor form will be obliterated when Spurs relocate. Both pundits reckon Spurs will improve, and predict a potential shock in the first-leg of the Champions League tie against Manchester City.
Redknapp said: “The Champions League is where the new stadium effect will come in handy. Their second game there is against Manchester City in the quarter-finals and that will be the night the ground really comes alive.”
Sutton said: “Moving home could be the tonic they need after slipping out of the title race. The atmosphere will be electric for the Champions League against Manchester City. It would be no surprise if they caused an upset.”
Tottenham fans will no doubt make that atmosphere both electric and hostile for the visit of City. They will do everything in their power to be a 12th man for their side.
But given City come into the match in excellent form – a complete contract to Spurs’ recent results – Spurs would have to produce an unbelievable display to beat City. Perhaps, one of the best in Pochettino’s reign.
City are strong favourites and they are expected to pass Spurs into the semi-finals. But for Redknapp and Sutton to suggest Spurs could cause an upset, will delight fans.