The tie of this round Manchester City versus Tottenham ,surely guarantees an exciting contest between two teams who haven't exerted themselves much this season.
Spurs lie 7th in the table currently, while the Citizens are occupying a dismal 8th position in the Premier League. Spurs were beaten 1-0 in their previous game against Newcastle, and City succumbed to a 27th minute Phil Bardsley goal, and lost by the same scoreline.
However, City manager Manuel Pellegrini has heated up the would-be great match further by playing a new mind game with his opposite number, Andre Villas-Boas.
Pellegrini concedes that it is likely to be the tightest title race in many years but, when it comes to the crunch, he sees only City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal contending, ruling Tottenham and Liverpool out of contention.
"The Premier League is very close this year," he said. "There are six clubs challenging, with very little difference between one team and another.
"We have a lot of points to fight for, and I think at the end it will be between Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City."
City have lost four of their games away from the Etihad Stadium and have won just a single one against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground some weeks ago.
Joe Hart has been under fire due to some basic mistakes and bad performances against European Champions Bayern Munich and other Premier League games.
But,I guess Spurs will be ready to shut Pellegrini up following his indigestible comments.
Spurs are title contenders - but not as big as Chelsea, United, City and Arsenal, mainly because of problems such as inconsistency, and players are also not able to find their feet at White Hart Lane.
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