Man City vs Tottenham - Son: City players do not appreciate Spurs' stadium delay

Posted Tuesday, April 09, 2019 by PA

Man City vs Tottenham - Son: City players do not appreciate Spurs' stadium delay

Son Heung-min believes Kevin De Bruyne does not understand what it means for Tottenham to play at home again after the Manchester City midfielder said he “does not care” about their new stadium.

Spurs host City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in what will be just their second game at the 62,062-seater stadium after it opened last week.

De Bruyne suggested that Spurs will gain no advantage from playing there, saying: “Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium, everybody has supporters.”

But Spurs’ return to N17 has been long-awaited, ending a near two-year commute to play at Wembley while their new home was built.

The noise levels were extraordinary during the opening game against Crystal Palace last week and Son has vowed to ensure City see that it will not be like a game at the national stadium.

“Of course [the atmosphere can help],” he said. “Maybe the City players don’t realise, they always play at home.

“We’ve been nearly two years away from our home stadium and what we did was very positive.

“We missed home a lot and we can show them tomorrow night it’s different from Wembley at our new stadium.

“I think it will be amazing. We had a great game against Palace in the first game at the new stadium – an unbelievable night, a good game and what we expect.

“We’re excited to play this important game at the new stadium.”

Spurs will be without Eric Dier (hip), Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier (both hamstring).

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists Spurs’ new home will have no bearing on the first-leg tie.

He said: “It affects us if we think about the fans, but if we think about what we do on the pitch it doesn’t affect us.

“The stadium is what it is, the supporters support the team more than ever in the Champions League.

“We know what we are going to face and it is up to us how we handle it. We have to know how to handle the situations, if we don’t that’s because we are not prepared to go through.”

Sergio Aguero has handed Guardiola a massive fitness boost having returned to training ahead of the all-England clash, especially after City laboured to a 1-0 win over Brighton without him in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

The City squad stayed in London after the Wembley showdown, a decision Guardiola hopes will prove beneficial.

“I don’t know how fresh we are, I never know before. In the FA Cup we could have been better,” he added.

“Now all eight teams are contenders. It’s the first leg against a tough opponent and we will give it a good go.

“This team has shown they are incredibly focused playing every three days, that’s why we are here.

“We stayed in London to avoid airports, waking up earlier, one hour more, on the bus or the plane. We’ve been out, had lunch together, and it gives us more time to speak and to prepare.”

Full-back Kyle Walker is also expected to be available for the Spurs clash despite going off injured against Brighton.

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