Anderton: On their day Tottenham can beat anyone

Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane battle for the ball during the Prem

Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton looks ahead to Manchester City’s visit to N17 - the first-ever European game at the club’s new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium will host European football for the first time on Tuesday in what is hoped to be a memorable night for the club.

Manchester City and Spurs will face off in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with the first leg to take place in north London.

It will be a historic evening for the Lilywhites and they will be desperate to take an advantage to the Etihad for the second leg on Wednesday, April 17.

The last-eight draw ensured at least one English club will make it through to the semi-finals and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to guide Tottenham there.

A spot in the last-four of the competition would highlight continued improvement from this squad despite matters on the domestic front suggesting a period of stagnation.

Life at Wembley Stadium dragged on and on and Spurs struggled to cope away from their N17 base for longer than previously anticipated.

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Now they are back home, it is hoped it will give them a much-needed lift and what a way to make a mark in Tottenham again than to register a statement win over City in the first leg.

Of course it will not be that easy and the Lilywhites are up against the league champions, but they can take positives from the recent loss at Liverpool.

While in the end it was a 2-1 defeat for Tottenham, the way they played in the second half is key to overcoming City.

Spurs played with belief and confidence following a difficult first half and should have won the game, but didn’t take their chances late on.

If they can replicate that type of display for 90 minutes on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola’s men will find it difficult and especially in what should be a cauldron of noise.

Darren Anderton, who spent 12 seasons at Tottenham, said of his old club: “On their day they can beat anyone.

“I think City is probably the toughest draw they could have got. It will be really tough, but Spurs can beat anyone and there is no reason why they can’t get through.”

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