Premier League 2018/19 Manchester City Tottenham tactical analysis

Last Tuesday the first continental game for Tottenham Hotspur in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium took place. In the first leg of the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League, they hosted Manchester City. Since both teams have outstanding talent in their squad, everyone expected a stunning match.

As you could also expect with Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola on the sidelines, it was a tactical battle. Due to some strange mistakes in the positioning of the players during the Citizens’ build-up and the well-organised defence of Spurs, the Londoners won 1-0. This tactical preview will show what this result, and the injury of Harry Kane, mean for the second leg.

Opening minutes of the first leg

Both teams lined-up in a 4-2-3-1. However, during the game, the formation of Guardiola’s team in possession looked totally different. On the other hand, Tottenham played during the game like in the image below. There were just minor adjustments by Pochettino to defend in a 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2, but no great changes.

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