Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha was full of praise for his old club after their Carabao Cup victory over Tottenham on Sunday.
The ex-City man was in awe in Phil Foden’s glittering performance and said Pep Guardiola’s side ‘made it impossible for Spurs’, but admitted his doubts ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.
City gaffer Guardiola led his team to their ninth piece of silverware after beating Spurs in what seemed like routine fashion, with the Citizens dominating possession throughout the entire game.
Nigerian centre-back Onuhoa spent eight years at his boyhood club, getting 95 caps before moving to Queens Park Rangers where he spent a large part of his career.
And he was impressed with the side’s performance, telling Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “The way that they all performed was incredible, nobody had a bad game yesterday.
“Even though we can talk about the negatives of Spurs, I think the positives of City shone on the day, because they were so front foot they made it impossible for Spurs to have a big effect on the game.”
This dominance was clear throughout the game, Spurs only had two shots the entire 90 minutes, with only one on target, and spent the majority of the match in their own half.
City’s high pressing and quality passing were too much for interim boss Ryan Mason’s men, and they arguably could have won by more.
Harry Kane failed to have any impact on the game, and many believe this may be the last straw for him as he could seek a move in search of trophies.
Onuoha knew Spurs would play a more cautious game, and even admitted he thought they could have run away with a win, with their pace on the counter.
“Spurs have had the tactic of soaking up pressure and hitting them on the break,” he added. “So I was a little bit anxious I’ve seen that sort of game go Spurs way before.
“City’s game plan did work cause they nullified their front three. They didn’t panic and they made it very tough for Spurs.”
Guardiola’s record-equalling fourth League Cup win was made a lot easier with the contributions of Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Foden.
The 20-year-old Englishman, who won player of the match, has been in incredible form lately, shining for England and shooting City into the Champions League semi-finals.
Onuoha was in awe of his ball control, claiming: “The ball sticks to his foot.”
Heading into Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, the former Citizen claimed both City and PSG will be heading into the tie with pressure, as both teams have failed in the biggest stage in previous years.
And Onuoha admitted he wasn’t confident City would get a win, however does believe they can progress to their first ever final.
A potential thigh injury Kylian Mbappe suffered in Ligue 1 could be a determining factor in the game, and Onuoha said: “If I never see him playing against City I’ll be more than happy.”
Without Mbappe, City would surely be favourites, and a win against PSG would mean the Citizens would be a step closer to becoming European champions for the first time.
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