Tottenham arrive at the Etihad with the disadvantage of having faced Maribor in the Europa League 48 hours after City had taken on Ajax. Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick in that game secured a 3-1 victory and provided a timely boost after the unexpected 1-0 defeat to Wigan at White Hart Lane the previous weekend.
That result left Spurs in sixth place, level on points with Everton and West Brom, and Gareth Bale is convinced the midweek victory will help revive their domestic campaign. “We needed the right reaction after the weekend and we did that,” said the winger.
“This is another big game. We went there last season, gave them a good run for their money and probably should have won, but didn’t. We know it will be difficult but we’ve played well away, we’'ll prepare right and hopefully we'll get the right result,” he added.