That damn stadium rift…
18:40: You’ve probably heard about this tiff going on about Spurs’ new stadium.
Kevin De Bruyne showed no mercy when bluntly saying that the stadium will have absolutely no effect on Manchester City.
“I don’t care about the stadium,” said the Belgian playmaker.
But Sonny wasn’t having it and HIT back in the most polite fashion possible. Naturally.
“Of course the atmosphere can help,” he said. “Maybe the City players don’t realise, they always play at home.”
18:35: Well this is annoying. We’ve got three English sides playing on the same night – making it impossible to watch both.
Here we’ll be focusing on events in London but I’ll also keep you abreast of events over at Anfield as Liverpool try to keep their double hopes alive.
Also got some Championship action tonight – but I’m afraid you’ll have to get your fix of that elsewhere.
18:30: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Tottenham vs Manchester City from that fancy new stadium everyone’s been talking about.
Apparently I’m the only reporter in the universe NOT to have been treated to a private tour – but I trust the 10 billion pictures I’ve seen online.
Anyway, the first legs of the Champions League quarter-finals take place this week and we’ve got FOUR, that’s right, FOUR English sides involved.
That’s half. Bit greedy really… but I suppose we’re guaranteed to lose one in this all-English tie.
City’s superiority is evident in the 16-point gap between the two sides – from second to third – in the Premier League but a big domestic advantage counted for nothing when they faced Liverpool at the same stage last year.
Plenty to discuss – so let’s get started!
TOTTENHAM vs MAN CITY | TEAM NEWS
Tottenham will be without Eric Dier, Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City.
Dier (hip), Lamela and Aurier (both hamstring) all trained alone the day before the game as they continue their rehabilitation.
Fernando Llorente is back in the squad after he missed out against Crystal Palace last week with concussion.
Sergio Aguero has handed Manchester City a fitness boost. He’s not played since he went off injured during the 2-0 victory against Fulham last month but he is now back in training.
Full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy should also be available.
Provisional Tottenham squad: Lloris, Gazzaniga, Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Rose, Walker-Peters, Sissoko, Foyth, Lucas, Winks, Wanyama, Skipp, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane, Llorente.
Provisional Manchester City squad: Ederson, Muric, Walker, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Kompany, Zinchenko, Mendy, Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva, Foden, Sane, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus.