BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola should stop experimenting and play his best starting eleven against Tottenham.
The Citizens has used three at the back in recent weeks, but Lawrenson thinks Guardiola should go back to his tried and tested formula when they travel to London tomorrow:
“Guardiola has been experimenting with different formations in recent weeks but I think he needs to start by picking his best team and stick with it. If he does that, then I don’t think City will have any problems creating chances against Spurs – and, if they take them, they will win.”
Lawrenson has gone for a 2-0 victory for City, and the way the two sides have been playing, it seems a fair prediction. Despite Jose Mourinho taking over from Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs in November, the club’s fortunes haven’t really improved.
Their defensive record, in particular, has been poor with the London club having conceded 32 goals in 24 league games this season. They have been better at home, though, having won seven of their 12 matches in front of their own fans, but their performances against top 6 teams will give City some encouragement.
Mourinho’s side lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea in December, and while they put up a fight late on against Liverpool last month, they still were on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat.