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Andros Townsend plots City's downfall

  • 23 November 2013 08:47
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

Oh sure, international football is great and all but you can’t beat the feeling of having a full weekend’s worth of Premier League football in front of you.

Yes, it’s felt like an awfully long time since our last domestic outing at the Stadium of Light (less said the better), so it’s great to see the pre-match build-up back on the back pages.

Spurs visit the Etihad Stadium defending one of the league’s best away records, so it’s little wonder that England winger Andros Townsend is feeling positive ahead of the clash.

Tottenham have lost every game that has immediately preceded the international break but have come back with wins in the ones that have followed.

“It’s been good in the sense that every time we’ve suffered a defeat we’ve had a couple of weeks to mull it over and it’s made us even more hungry to get the win when we do have a game,” the 22-year old told TottenhamHotspur.com.

“Everyone is focussed on getting a good result on Sunday.

“City is going to be a hard game regardless of the team they play and if they’re at home or away.

“It’s always going to be a tough game so it’s up to us to match them and hopefully get the win.”

...Andros Townsend...

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has hinted that he may hand Emanuel Adebayor a surprise recall for the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Adebayor spent three years on the books at City and could start on his return to Manchester, according to the man in the Spurs hot-seat.

“Our likely approach is to go with one up front (at City)," Villas-Boas said. "They (Soldado, Adebayor and Jermain Defoe) are very near each other at the moment and it could be a possibility that even Ade could play that game.”

Finally, a number of newspapers have interpreted Manuel Pellegrini’s words in yesterday’s press conference as evidence that the Chilean will go out and sign a centre-back in January.

Asked about Kompany's fitness, and whether it might force him into the transfer market if the Belgium centre-back continues to struggle, the City manager said: “You used the word "if" but we have to wait and see. Let's see what happens in December, but we hope Vincent can continue in a normal way until the end of the season.

“We are doing all the things we need to in order to understand why he has so many injuries, but you must ask the doctor. I'm not a doctor. I talk with him, but I can't tell you the opinion. All I can say is he might be ready to join in working with the rest of the players in another week or so.”


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