This week I’ve had the amazing football analyst Randy Wooten on the show and we have been discussing all things Spurs. The thing about this football club is that they really are like a soap opera, and that is no doubt why Amazon picked them for the All or Nothing series. One thing which has eluded this team for many a year is trophies, and any real definition of success beyond being 90 minutes away from winning the Champions League. This is why the Carabao Cup game against Manchester City in April is so incredibly important for the Lilywhites, and a win is long overdue.
The question is however, what can this Spurs side do to beat the rejuvenated Citizens? Let’s take a look.
Winning The DM Position
One of the best signings of the summer, across Europe, was that of Pierre-Emile Hojberg, despite how simple a move it appeared on the face of it. In reality however Hojberg has fitted into that Spurs team hand in glove, and he is a hugely dominant force in that DM position. What Spurs need to do in the final is to win this position, because this is where all things start for City. The key dangherman is De Bruyne and if between Hojberg and Ndombele they can win that battle, this Spurs team will certainly have a chance of getting the win.
When Spurs beat City 1-0 back in November they are commended for the way that they defended. The truth of the matter however is that City absolutely battered Spurs that day and how they didn’t get a goal is simply astonishing. It is for this reason that Spurs will need more than one goal to win this game, because they simply cannot expect to go another 90 minutes against that City team, and not concede.
We can expect Spurs to once again use that successful counter attacking option that they love, and that has given them good success. The lineup however will have to be super pacy if they are to achieve this, because City have got some fast players who can get back in position in no time at all. This means that the likes of Reguilon, Lucas and Bergwijn will have to be fit and rested ahead of the game, in order to really push that speedy counterattack.
And finally, spurs simply have to be clinical, if they want to win the game. There will be chances, this Spurs side are at the very least very good at creating those, and the game will ultiimately come down to who can take those chances when they fall to them. Given the results that Spurs have handoff late, these players are learning exactly why it is s important to be clinical, and not doing so in a final will result in you being the runners-up.
This is how the Lilywhites may have a chance of winning the cup that they crave so badly.