Tottenham Hotspur imploded and was left in turmoil last night when their keeper Hugo Lloris was sent to the dressing room on 79 minutes after he hacked PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano down in the area.
Spurs were 2-1 to the good at the time but replacement Michel Vorm had no chance from the spot when Luuk de Jong’s late equalizer left the London club in dire straits and struggling to qualify from their Champions League group B qualifiers.
Pitch Expected To Be Poor
Spurs has already irritated City fans following their decision to move the Premier League fixture from the original Saturday date and time to Monday 29 October after their poor planning around the opening of their new stadium failed to materialise . The new White Hart Lane has been built but the initial target of the Liverpool game on 15 September spectacularly backfired.
Latest reports suggest they will be lucky to open before Christmas.
What a joke?
Tottenham continues to play at the national stadium until further notice, which is fair enough. However, Wembley authorities had booked the venue for an NFL game 24 hours before the rearranged Monday night Premier League fixture, meaning it is highly likely the players from both Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars will leave the pitch full of divots.
What a joke?
Sky Sports football pundit, Paul Merson has taken into consideration some, if not all of the above when writing his column. The former Gunner predicts Manchester City will walk away 3-1 winners.
“This should be a cracker! Tottenham are getting results without playing well – I thought they rode their luck against West Ham,” said Paul.
“There’s a few in that squad who aren’t playing to their full ability at the moment. However, look where they are in the league – they will only get better.
“I think the pitch could become an issue. Modern players are not used to playing on a dodgy pitch? We were more accustom to it back in the day – I once played at the Baseball Ground, and there was not one blade of grass on the pitch.
“It just may suit Manchester City that little better as they have a bit more pace in their team and will not be fully reliant on pass, pass, pass.”
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