Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Short Rest Won't Doom Lilywhites
Due to the heartbreaking nature of last season's loss to Manchester City, visitors Tottenham Hotspur won't be suffering ill effects from its short rest ahead of Saturday's fixture in Etihad Stadium.
Andre Villas-Boas leads his club into this crucial EPL match only two days after a 3-1 Europa League win over Maribor. As reported by Dale Jones of Goal.com, the Spurs manager expressed concern over the quick turnaround, but is confident that his club will be prepared for a stern road test:
City have two days extra than us, this is the main difference. The reality is they have that extra freshness...But there is enough time to recover. The body takes 48 hours to recover from physical effort and we'll be able to make that recovery.
In the last Premier League meeting hosted by Manchester City, the eventual Premier League champions jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage before an inspired Lilywhites team rallied to tie the match.
Striker Jermain Defoe then had a chance to put Tottenham on top late off of a cross, but couldn't get it done. A last-minute penalty conversion by brash Blues' forward Mario Balotelli capped off the 3-2 victory (h/t TottenhamHotspur.com).
Defoe is the Spurs' all-time leading goal scorer, and will be determined to find the back of the net as a means for redemption this time around.
Although City have yet to lose in the Premier League in the 2012-13 season, the Blues have suffered through trials and tribulations in international play. A disappointing 2-2 draw to Ajax last week has the club in the midst of turbulent times, but assistant boss David Platt fully expects the champs to get off the mat on Saturday in front of the home crowd (h/t Football.co.uk):
Players are resilient animals and people don't give them credit for that. They think that players get affected and things like that. Disappointment or any pleasure lasts a very short time because immediately there's another game coming your way and the boys have got to put their boots back on again.
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Platt's fiery testimony of the Blues' resolve certainly sounds convincing, and it is also fresh to see him speaking up about a sometimes overlooked issue in sports analysis.
Often, some sort of misguided analysis of a team's chemistry or personality clashes will be manufactured into storylines—the way a coach stares on the sideline, or the expressions players exchange during the course of a heated match, for example.
These assertions are pure speculation most of the time, and the implication that Platt makes about outsiders underestimating players and their resiliency over some any inner turmoil or frustration is spot on.
Tottenham will be eager to put a dent into Manchester City's unblemished EPL record nevertheless. Any lack of rest won't prevent the Spurs from rising to the occasion and making Saturday's fixture against their rival a must-see match.
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