Manchester City started their UEFA Champions League campaign for 2022/23 perfectly on Tuesday evening, after a 4-0 win over Spain’s Sevilla.
Unsurprisingly, Erling Haaland was on the scoresheet again, scoring a brace during the 90 minutes. Phil Foden also scored himself with a smart left-footed effort. Defender Ruben Dias made four late and found himself in the six-yard box for a tap-in.
Manchester City’s opponent Tottenham on Saturday also played their first Champions League group stage match last night, beating France’s Marseille 2-0.
After Chancel Mbemba was sent off minutes into the second half, Spurs were able to tear Marseille down to ten men via a Richarlison double, who signed with Everton this summer for a fee of £52.2million.
However, Spurs manager Antonio Conte has expressed concerns about Tottenham’s schedule compared to Manchester City’s. Speaking to BT Sport after his side’s win, Conte said: “We have to play against Manchester City in two days, now we have to try to rest and recover well. City played yesterday so have one more day to rest. I think that’s very important.
Conte stated in his press conference after the game: “We definitely have to rotate because on Saturday and also (next) Tuesday it will be impossible to play with the same players. I try to check the schedule of the other teams and I have seen that in this situation, Tottenham, our club are punishing a lot. In the future, and I have also spoken with the club (about this), we need to pay a lot of attention to speaking with the Premier League.
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Conte continued, “One day more, one day less, can totally change your life and you can drop points. This is not good for a team like Tottenham. If you want to start thinking like a winner, you have to pay attention to the details. We can do much better for the future.”
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City will face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 5.30pm UK time.