Rio Ferdinand has pinpointed Manchester City’s full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker as an area of weakness for Tottenham to exploit on the counter-attack in the Champions League quarter-final clash at the Etihad.
Spurs are without Harry Kane for the second leg after he sustained an ankle injury in the first game, so Mauricio Pochettino has named both Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura in his starting line-up.
Son scored the only goal as Spurs beat City 1-0 at their new stadium last week, while Lucas passed his audition for a start this evening with flying colours after scoring a hat-trick against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The inclusion of both players suggests that Pochettino has set his side out to counter-attack on City and Ferdinand believes that both Son and Lucas can cause City trouble down the flanks..
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: ‘From Spurs’ point of view, Mendy and Walker playing they’ve got to be licking their lips at that. If they can counter and play the ball forward right and quickly, they [Son and Lucas] are going to be a threat.’
Walker played in the first leg and endured a difficult evening against his former club, while Mendy has come in for Fabian Delph who was partially culpable for Spurs’ winner last week after allowing Son too much room to fire in the winner.
Mendy has endured an injury-ravaged couple of seasons at the Etihad and has only recently returned to the side following a lay-off with a knee injury. The Frenchman has played just three games for City since November.
Glenn Hoddle, meanwhile, pinpointed another weakness in City’s side, saying: ‘For City, they are going to have to be talking to Gundogan to hold. Fernandinho not playing in there for me is a massive plus for Tottenham, it really is.
‘He sits in there and if he has to go back there and make a three [in defence] he does it better than Gundogan.’