Key battle - Ledley King on Wanyama and the threat of Silva/Aguero
01 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
With so many match-ups in such a fascinating encounter against City, rather than take a ‘key battle’ to Ledley King, we asked the King of the Lane to pinpoint the key areas for us. And it’s a familiar duo on his radar - Sergio Aguero and David Silva...
Ledley had a fine record against City in his Spurs career. Indeed, in the 15 matches he played against City between 2001 (a 1-0 away win) and 2012 (a 3-2 away defeat), Ledley won 10 and only lost three.
However, City were becoming the force we know them to be now in that final match in 2012 and that’s when Ledley came up against the Aguero/Silva combination for the first and only time.
323 appearances for Spurs 1999-2012
League Cup winner and captain, 2008
21 caps for England, selected for 2010 World Cup
Now Club Ambassador
Ledley: “David Silva is the one that really gets City ticking. He picks the ball up in dangerous areas, picks off those clever passes. The more you can get bodies in and around him and limit his space, the better. Victor will know that. Silva is obviously a great player and when he picks the ball up, players like Aguero come to life, making runs off him. Victor will look to close that space down. I've been impressed with what I've seen of him so far."
Below: David Silva
Not just Silva
Ledley: “Silva is one part of City’s attacking armoury, but Raheem Sterling is also on fire at the moment, playing really well and their counter-attacking ability looks strong, so whoever lines-up in the holding roles for us will have to be aware. De Bruyne will obviously be a miss for City. It’s just a game where we’re going to have to play well to get anything out of it, all the elements of the team have to be working well.”
Below: Ledley gets tight to Aguero in 2012
Cut the service to Aguero
Ledley: “We all know stopping Sergio Aguero is difficult, but if you limit the service into him, that will help. When I watch him and see him drift wide, that’s good, that’s where you want him. Anytime he’s around the box, that’s when he’s a nightmare for defences and he’s a very difficult player to keep quiet for 90 minutes. His low centre of gravity makes it difficult for defenders to deal with him when he’s twisting and turning around the box. You need to limit the space for the players who are providing the ammunition for him and that’s a big key in keeping him quiet.”
Below: Aguero scores at Swansea
Getting the balance right
Ledley: “We’re a well-balanced team, solid and there is no way we’ll be gung-ho. I know we’re at home and we want to express ourselves and show what we’re about as an attacking force but you have to be aware of their counter-attacking ability and the all-round quality they have. You want to get off to a good start and put on the necessary pressure to keep them on the back foot. City are a team who like to dominate the ball and get comfortable so we’ll have our high pressing, trying to win the ball back as early as possible and cause them some problems.”
Below: Highlight's from last season's 4-1 win at the Lane
Game ‘has all the ingredients’
Ledley: “It’s a game where you need all the players to perform at the highest level and for all the attacking threat, it could a game where one goal is enough to win it. On the other hand, it could be very high scoring! It could be anything really. What I will say is that we’re very solid, strong defensively and there are goals in this team, so they will be as wary of us as we are of them. It’s got all the ingredients to be a great game.”