The Straits Times
Published on Nov 10, 2012

Man City hope to correct European woes as Spurs await


MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Roberto Mancini's Manchester City side will attempt to recover from yet another European disappointment when they return to Premier League action against Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

A midweek 2-2 home draw to Ajax all but ended City's hopes of reaching the Champions League group stages and Mancini's frustration was clear when he confronted the referee on the pitch at the end of the game.

The result came just days after City had lost ground to Premier League leaders Manchester United by failing to beat West Ham and with expectations high for the reigning champions, a return to winning form can't come soon enough.

The visit of Tottenham will provide a stern challenge and while Andre Villas-Boas's side have also struggled for consistency, City first team coach David Platt has warned they will present a different kind of test to the home side.