David Platt desperate for Manchester City to leave Tottenham with all three points and banish midweek Blues

By Kim Richards

Manchester City assistant manager David Platt acknowledges Tottenham Hotspur will be a tough test in their Super Sunday clash at the Etihad tomorrow.

City will be looking to put their less than stellar midweek Champions League performance behind them and maintain their record as the only unbeaten side in the Premier League for their home clash this weekend.

The Premier League holders have no fresh injury worries, but Platt knows Tottenham’s impressive away form this season is something to be wary of.

“They have a group of players, young, energetic, players that can harm you and sense a goal in an instant,” Platt said.

“You haven’t got a team here that can’t come, they go to win a football match. No disrespect to other teams but they’ve got several individuals who can turn a game.

“I hope it’s a good game that we win. You have two very attacking sides that can change a game in an instant.

“Tottenham will be under no illusions that this isn’t a difficult game but neither are we. It will be very difficult.”

Platt also acknowledged temperamental star Mario Balotelli’s lack of in-front of goal action of late.

“All strikers need goals, I don’t think it is just about Mario,” he said. “You have to believe in the chances being created for you.

“Does he need goals? Of course he needs goals. Every striker needs goals.

“The worrying thing for any striker is when they don’t have chances on goal.”

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