"I think it will be a difficult game, like every match.We have to go and play with confidence from the beginning. We will need everything on the pitch because it's a hard game to win there, but we have to do it. From the start of the game we have to push on, to fight for every ball, to be on top of City. A win would be great for us. Every match is important. Let's go to try to win this match first. We can do it. We can win there."
A more specific timeline of the Christian Eriksen injury has now been prognosed.
The Danish playmaker sprained ankle ligaments on international duty last week - and was originally ruled out for six weeks.
However it was confirmed that the injury was not as bad as first feared - and he has now been pencilled in tentatively for a return against Liverpool on December 15th.
The flying winger has been praised for his performances this season - in both a Spurs and England shirt.
However his goal record and propensity to shoot from distance have seen him labelled as having a ‘bark that is rather more fearsome than the bite’.
Townsend has just one Spurs goal this season - which was in fact an overhit cross.