Former Liverpool star Michael Owen believes Manchester City have the advantage over Tottenham Hotspur in the quest to reach the semi-final stage of the Champions League. The Citizens suffered a slender 1-0 defeat to Spurs during the first leg of the quarter-final on the road but they could have quite easily scored the away goal, had Sergio Aguero managed to score from the penalty spot.
Ahead of the second leg, Owen admitted that Spurs had the luxury of resting some of the regulars unlike Manchester City at the weekend, but still backed the latter to prevail with the home advantage on Wednesday night, he told BetVictor: “City returned to the top of the Premier League table – however briefly – with an excellent performance at Selhurst Park on Sunday when Raheem Sterling again showed what a vital cog he is to the City machine.
“Spurs were able to rest a number of key players against Huddersfield at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the weekend and this is a difficult game to call as a result of Sergio Aguero’s early penalty miss in the first leg. I expect to see opportunities at both ends. This is the start of a massive week for City who entertain Spurs back at the Etihad at the weekend in the Premier League before the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford next midweek. City to win with Sterling again to the fore.”
“Manchester City were pretty much in control during the opening stages of the first leg but the failure to find the breakthrough eventually haunt them with Heung-min Son scoring for Spurs with a sublime solo effort in the 78th minute. As such, the north London club have the slender advantage for the return leg whereby an away goal scored would mean that City would require “at least three goals to progress to the semi-final.
Still, Mauricio Pochettino’s side won’t have the advances of Harry Kane, who has pretty much been ruled out for the season with an ankle problem, and it remains to be seen whether Heung-min Son or any other player within the club’s ranks steps up to the occasion.