Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino does not believe his side can learn much from the two defeats Manchester City have already suffered at home this season.

Spurs take on the Citizens in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final this evening at the Etihad Stadium holding a 1-0 lead.

Heung-Min Son’s goal separated the sides at Tottenham’s new stadium in North London last week.

City might be chasing an unprecedented quadruple of titles but they have suffered two home defeats this season.

Olympique Lyonnais beat them 2-1 in the group stages of the Champions League in September while Crystal Palace ran out 3-2 winners in the Premier League December.

Aside from that, the Citizens have a perfect record in front of their home fans in all competitions this season, not even drawing any matches – a result which would see Spurs through tonight.

Pochettino, however, believes that his side must avoid focusing on what Lyon and Palace achieved last year as they try to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

“No, Manchester City tomorrow is going to be completely different when play a final like tomorrow,” he told the Football.London website.

“It is not a game (Lyon or Palace) that can give some information to us or to use.

“The reference is the game we play one week ago, the reference is when we play again and the competition is completely different.”

And although he knows his side performed admirably to beat City at home last week, he is in no doubt that winning the tie remains a huge challenge.

“It is going to be tough for us tomorrow, Manchester City for me is one of the best teams in the world and a clear favourite to win the Premier League and to win the Champions League,” he added.

“For us to beat them in the first leg was an amazing result, but we know very well the tie is still open and tomorrow is going to be very, very, very tough.”


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