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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City: Picking a Combined XI Ahead of the Champions League Clash

Tuesday night sees Tottenham host Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, with this being only the second ever game played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


Spurs have endured a testing spell in recent times, failing to win in five domestic fixtures before picking up a 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace last week. However, they impressed during their 4-0 aggregate triumph over Borussia Dortmund in the last round of European fixtures.


City are in fine fettle having won their last 14 competitive fixtures, including 3-2 and 7-0 wins over Schalke in the Champions League round-of-16.


Here's a combined XI of the two sides based on current form.

1. GK: Ederson

The Brazilian has conceded just three goals in his previous nine games, though that is in large part due to the solid defence protecting him.


Nevertheless, Ederson is a fine shot-stopper, with his ball-playing abilities also being well-documented. His distribution skills are crucial in allowing Pep Guardiola's men to play the way they do.


His competitor, Hugo Lloris, has made too many costly errors of late to be considered.

2. RB: Kyle Walker

A possible weak link; neither side's options at right-back have showered themselves in glory in recent times.


Kyle Walker has not had his finest season for City despite their dominance, while Kieran Trippier has been poor for Spurs post World Cup heroics.


Meanwhile, backups Danilo and Serge Aurier have done little to strengthen their claims for the first choice spot at their clubs.

3. LB: Danny Rose

With Oleksandr Zinchenko ruled out and Benjamin Mendy unlikely to be risked for such an important game after continuing his recovery with an outing against Brighton in the FA Cup semi final, City are likely to turn to natural centre back Aymeric Laporte once again.


Laporte is included in our team later on, so that leaves Spurs man Danny Rose as the left back in this combined XI.


The 28-year-old has three assists in 21 Premier League appearances this term, but recently suggested he is looking forward to retiring due to racism in football.

4. CB: Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian leathered in a delicious volley in the last round of Champions League matches against Dortmund, timing his run perfectly to connect with Aurier's clipped pass.


That superb finish demonstrates his immaculate skill-set. Vertonghen is one of the most technically-gifted defenders in world football, marginally edging out the equally talented John Stones.

5. CB: Aymeric Laporte

Whilst Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has stolen the headlines - and deservedly so - his Manchester City counterpart has quietly progressed to become one of the Premier League's most accomplished, dependable defenders.


Composure, slick passing, organisational skills and bravery - the Frenchman is yet another player who has flourished under Guardiola's tutelage.


He just eclipses Toby Alderweireld, who has also enjoyed an impressive campaign.

6. CM: Fernandinho

The evergreen midfielder ages like wine, developing into a crucial linchpin at the Etihad Stadium.


With an uncanny ability to get away with innumerable innocuous fouls without receiving a booking, Fernandinho represents someone who has mastered the dark arts of football. The opposition are rarely given the opportunity to threaten because of his intelligent fouls.


Moussa Sissoko has been in good nick recently, but the City man is different class.

7. CM: Kevin de Bruyne

Though he only returned from injury last month, de Bruyne is already showcasing his exceptional talent.


He orchestrated City's routine victory over Cardiff City last week, puling the strings like a puppet master to guide his team over a potential stumbling block. In the next fixture - the FA Cup semi-final with Brighton - the 27-year-old played a sumptuous cross in to Gabriel Jesus for the decisive score, leaving the statuesque Seagulls defenders with no chance.

8. RAM: Christian Eriksen

The Dane continues to shine, regardless of the team's performance. He has grown into a classy playmaker capable of unpicking any defence with his hawk-eye vision and deft passing skills.


As a result, he staves off competition from City's two Silvas, both of whom are unlucky to miss out. They have characterised City's dominant, possession-oriented style of play this campaign, helping the side in their pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple.

9. LAM: Raheem Sterling

A genuine contender for PFA Player of the Year, Sterling has blossomed under the watchful eye of Guardiola. 


The Spaniard has moulded him into an efficient, intelligent, frighteningly confident forward. England counterpart Dele Alli's form has had a mixed season for the north Londoners and has certainly not done enough to oust the eminent Sterling.

10. ST: Harry Kane

The England captain has hit three goals in six club matches since returning from the sidelines, also notching four goals on international duty at the end of March.


He often ghosts through games, yet pops up out of nowhere to get his name on the score-sheet. That is the sign of a striker who is well-versed in his trade, capable of winning matches that he has barely featured in.


Son Heung-min enjoyed an exhilarating beginning to 2019, but regrettably loses out based purely on goals in recent matches, the South Korean having only notched once for Spurs since mid-February.

11. ST: Sergio Aguero

Aguero currently leads the race for the Premier League Golden Boot after amassing 20 scores this term, a delightful lifted finish against Fulham the latest in his stunning showreel.


He has been razor sharp in front of goal, yet offers so much more. His interplay with teammates and willingness to hunt down opponents when out of possession are hugely beneficial traits.