Manchester City vs Tottenham Live Reddit Score 19/2/2022
As Manchester City look to grind their way toward another Premier League title, Tottenham are battling to stay in the top-four race ahead of an intriguing clash at the Etihad Stadium. Antonio Conte’s side have lost three in a row and are at risk of seeing Manchester United, West Ham and Arsenal pull away from them. Spurs’ games in hands are worth far less when any opponent looks like a match for the struggling north Londoners. They could scarcely have picked a worse moment to play City, unbeaten since December and fresh from a 5-0 win over Sporting that saw the likes of Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez continue their fine form. Pep Guardiola insists Spurs will be a tougher test for having struggled of late but it is one his players will be expected to comfortably overcome. Here is how you can watch the match and what you need to know
Manchester City: With both attack and defense clicking into gear for City in recent months, it takes a great deal to blow this team off course, but that is what happened on the way back from Lisbon when high winds forced the club plane to divert to Liverpool. “When I saw the video it was more scary than we felt. It was bumpy … It was a moment we were going down and immediately the engine started to roll on and we go up,” Guardiola said. In the moment, we said ‘oh, something happened.’ We had a pilot who did incredibly well to talk to us and he was so calm. We tried again to land in Manchester … then landed in Liverpool. The pilot was magnificent because we felt really anxious but thanks to the way he talked to us, everyone was calm.”
Tottenham: Spurs’ attempts to get back to winning ways were disrupted by an interview conducted by Conte with Sky Italia in which he seemed to express a dissatisfaction with the January transfer business of the club. Even though he rowed back on those comments in his pre-match press conference he has cut an unhappy figure in recent weeks and his mood will surely not be improved by a trip to the Etihad. Three players are set to be unavailable for Spurs, including Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga, but the return of Eric Dier could offer more strength to a back three that could see him share the pitch with Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez. That central defensive trio have not been available to Conte since his second game in charge and might be able to bolster a backline that has not kept a clean sheet since Jan. 1.
Meanwhile City will be without Jack Grealish, who continues to suffer with a shin issue, but with so many of their other attackers making convincing cases for regular minutes his absence will surely not be noticed. Next on the itinerary for City is Spurs and they’ll be no better time to face the North London club who have lost their last three consecutive league fixtures. However, a positive result against the league leaders could change the fortunes as Antonio Conte’s are still in the hunt for a top four finish. And when the sides met on the opening weekend of the season, Tottenham ran out 1-0 winners. Jack Grealish should be in contention to feature following a shin problem which kept the English star out of City’s 5-0 romp over Sporting Lisbon. And Gabriel Jesus has missed the last four matches with a muscular injury he picked up on international duty but the Brazilian could make a return to first team action.
Oliver Skipp has reportedly suffered a set-back on his thigh issue which has kept the Spurs midfielder out for the last couple of weeks. But Antonio Conte will be relieved to have Eric Dier back in the fold as Spurs’ downward spiral began shortly after the Englishman was side-lined.The current slide represents the first troublesome spell for Antonio Conte as Tottenham manager, and it came at entirely the wrong time. With Manchester United, West Ham United and Arsenal all dropping points as a regular habit these days, the door was left wide open for Spurs to storm through and take charge of the top-four race. After all, they were the side that did the best business the only business ahead of the January transfer window closing. Spurs’ biggest problem has been, atypically for Conte, a poor defensive record, with eight goals conceded (and just two scored) in successive defeats to Chelsea, Southampton and Wolves.
As for Saturday’s opponent, Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League games (14W-1D-0L). Their lead in the title race is currently nine points, though Liverpool have played one less game thus far. Midweek UEFA Champions League action hardly forced them to break a sweat either, as they hammered Portuguese side Sporting CP to the tun of 5-0 on Tuesday (it was 4-0 at halftime). They also have the added motivation of seeking to avenge one of only two Premier League defeats this season, with the loss to Spurs coming back on the opening day of the season.
NAME: Manchester City – Tottenham
DATE: 19 Feb 2022
TIME: 17:30 UTC
VENUE: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
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