19 Feb 2022 | 05:15 | Football
Conte: I’m enjoying my time at Tottenham
How to prevent Man City from becoming the most concerned question at the moment in the Premier League. This weekend, Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur will act as the respondent. Meanwhile, Liverpool fans also expect the Rooster to be able to stop the sublimation series of Pep Guardiola’s army.
In terms of strength and form, Tottenham are all inferior to the defending champion of the Premier League. Man City won 4 wins, 1 draw after the last 5 Premier League matches. Meanwhile, the north London team has 3 defeats, 2 wins with fluctuating performance.
The defense system became the fatal weakness of Conte’s army. Tottenham conceded 5 goals after the last 2 matches, against Southampton and Wolves respectively. The defense system of three central defenders of the Rooster has revealed flaws in recent times.
The defense is wobbly, and Tottenham’s attacking front is equally unstable. Key striker Harry Kane is losing his familiar goal-scoring ability. Playing wide, deep, invisible, harms the 28-year-old striker’s goal-sniffing skills.
Contrary to the unstable situation of the opponent, the Man City machine is operating smoothly under the hands of Pep Guardiola. The Etihad Stadium team is far ahead of the second team Liverpool with a distance of 9 points.
The ideal squad depth is the launching pad for Man City to play well in many different playing fields. The reserve factors are ready to sublimate when given the opportunity. Raheem Sterling is a prime example.
Sterling’s future became uncertain at the beginning of this season. However, the Three Lions player still remained at the Etihad Stadium with his performance gradually improving over time. The former Liverpool star shone with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Norwich City. The 27-year-old star continued to leave his mark when contributing 1 goal in a 5-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.
Man City’s defense became solid thanks to the duo of central defenders Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte. Pep also owns another powerful weapon in the defense: Joao Cancelo.
The Portuguese full-back has the ability to move forward, drifting in like a true passer. Cancelo owns 1 goal, 5 assists after 2058 minutes of playing in the Premier League this season.
The attacking, diverse, and transformative style of play is another outstanding strength of Man City this season. Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus… ready to play the hero when needed.
All comparisons are for reference only. Man City is better in every way than Tottenham, but that does not guarantee a victory for Pep Guardiola’s army. A battle worth waiting for this weekend.
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