Tottenham Hotspur will be without five key players for at least two weeks due to injury, but manager Mauricio Pochettino was in upbeat mood ahead of the Champions League clash with Barcelona on Tuesday.
With England right back Kieran Trippier and Belgium central defender Toby Alderweireld left out of the squad for what Pochettino described as “technical reasons,” it was a chance for Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez to stake their claims
This is the fourth time that the sides have met on the opening weekend of a Premier League season, making it the most contested of any curtain-raising fixture
Pochettino, who led Spurs to third place in the English Premier League this past season, is one of the most admired managers in the world.
The Argentine’s success at Tottenham has made him one of the most coveted managers in world football.
Spurs are fourth in the table, a point and a place below Liverpool who have played a game more.
Victory for the Citizens now leaves Guardiola just three points away from earning his first ever Premier League title and City's third, while defeat for Spurs ends a 14-game unbeaten run in the league for Mauricio Pochettino's charges
The two sides face each other at Stamford Bridge, with both teams looking to secure a top-four finish to ensure participation in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
The Red Devils booked their place in Sunday's draw with a 2-0 home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the quarter-finals.
But Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino will this weekend have their eyes firmly fixed on securing a Wembley date on May 19.
The third-tier strugglers, bottom of League One, earned a replay after a last-gasp 2-2 draw at Spotland Stadium and are the lowest-ranked club in the sixth-round draw.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been in fine form in the Premier League recently, taking seven points from matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, with Kane scoring his 101st league goal in the north London derby last…