Match points: Man City v Tottenham

Raheem Sterling
Raheem SterlingTEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, DPA
Kieran Trippier
Kieran TrippierTEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, DPA
Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de BruyneTEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, DPA
Dele Alli
Dele AlliTEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, DPA
Aymeric Laporte
Aymeric LaporteTEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, DPA
Son Heung-min
Son Heung-minTEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, DPA

The City academy product Trippier's corner led to Fernando Llorente's decider on Wednesday, but only after Sterling gave him a torrid time. Trippier did not get close enough to his England teammate for either of his two goals. And, if Leroy Sane starts on the left, it is worth remembering he tormented Trippier at the Etihad Stadium last season.

De Bruyne has five assists in his last two games. He got three on Wednesday when he was astoundingly good and played like a man possessed. Alli, with a broken hand, was forced into a deeper role after Moussa Sissoko came off and, instead of breaking forward himself, may have to spend much of his time tracking de Bruyne again.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2019, with the headline 'Key battles Match points: Man City v Tottenham'. Print Edition | Subscribe