Search

Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer targets another shut-out against Sergio Aguero and Man City

12:00 11 February 2016

Kevin Wimmer: "Aguero is one of the best strikers in the world and we will try not to give him space."

Kevin Wimmer: "Aguero is one of the best strikers in the world and we will try not to give him space."

Archant

Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer is yet to concede a goal in the Premier League since replacing Jan Vertonghen – and he is aiming to keep it that way as he prepares to face Sergio Aguero in Sunday’s title showdown at Manchester City.

Vertonghen suffered knee ligament damage 15 minutes from the end of Spurs’ 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace on January 23, with summer signing Wimmer coming off the bench to make his first top-flight appearance for the Lilywhites.

Tottenham are yet to concede a league goal since then, going on to beat Norwich 3-0 before securing a 1-0 home win over Watford on Saturday, taking Spurs up to second place in the table.

Wimmer admits he has had a “dream” start to life in the Premier League, but he is aware that his next challenge is a big one as he prepares to line up against Aguero at the Etihad Stadium.

The City striker has scored 18 goals in 25 games for his club this season, including nine in his last nine matches.

But Wimmer faced Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski during his time in Germany with Cologne so he knows what to expect – and he is drawing confidence from the fact that Tottenham have the best defensive record in the league.

“It’s always a good feeling for a defender – especially for centre-backs – when you get a clean sheet and you win,” he said.

“For me it’s really a dream because I came on at Crystal Palace and we won the game. Then we won against Norwich and conceded no goals, and we conceded no goals on Saturday and also got the win.

“Together with Toby [Alderweireld] and Eric Dier and Mousa [Dembele], we try to defend as a unit and everyone helps each other. I think we did that very well against Norwich and Watford.

“Of course, Aguero is one of the best strikers in the world and we will try not to give him space. It’s never easy to defend against a striker like this over the whole 90 minutes, but when we get chances against Man City we have to score and it’s also possible that we’ll win there.”

Wimmer continued: “With strikers like Lewandowski or Aguero, maybe over the course of the 90 minutes you think ‘they are not so dangerous today’, but they only need one action in the game to score, and that always shows the big quality they have.

“I think it’s like that with Aguero. You always have to be careful, you always have to mark him well and defend well over the whole 90 minutes because when he gets one opportunity the chance is very high that he will score. I think that’s the big difference with strikers like this – that they only need one chance to score.”

Manchester City are the only team in the Premier League with a better home record than Spurs, having won nine of their 13 games at the Etihad and scored 34 goals in the process.

However, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are yet to beat any of the teams that currently sit in the top six places – and they suffered a 3-1 home defeat to leaders Leicester City on Saturday, enabling Tottenham to leapfrog them and claim second spot.

Wimmer said: “I think it’s not that bad that they lost because now they have big pressure – they are behind us, they know they have to win.

“It’s not going to be easy for them and I think we will do everything, we will try everything and do our best to get these three points. We know it’s a very important game for both teams and it’s going to be a big fight.

“I think we’re also one of the best teams in the Premier League so there’s no team we should be worried about, because we know what we can do and we’re also in a very good mood at the moment.

“Of course it’s going to be a very tough game for us. It’s never easy to play away against such big teams. But we will try our best again and we will work hard over the whole 90 minutes and see what’s possible.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he is frustrated that a host of his players will be departing for international duty again after this weekend’s round of fixtures.

Laura Hirai in action for the Great Britain Under-19 team at the ESF Junior Womens European Softball Championship in Barcelona

Like most 16-year-olds, Laura Hirai’s primary concern today (Thursday) is her GCSE results. But four days after the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics, when the baton was passed to Tokyo and a new four-cycle began, the teenager is also dreaming about being involved in the 2020 Games.

09:40
Wingate & Finchley goalkeeper Shane Gore. Pic: Martin Addison

Filling the well-worn boots of Bobby Smith doesn’t faze Shane Gore – it’s actually a case of déjà vu for Wingate & Finchley’s new No1.

09:11
Hendon midfielder Sam Murphy

Hendon duo Scott Cousins and Sam Murphy are aiming to guide England to their best ever performance at the European Six-a-side Championships later this week.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld (left) battles with Crystal Palace's Connor Wickham during Saturday's Premier League clash at White Hart Lane. Pic: PA

Toby Alderweireld says Tottenham’s players are looking forward to testing themselves against some of the best clubs in Europe and playing at Wembley Stadium ahead of today’s (Thursday’s) Champions League draw.

Yesterday, 14:53
Haringey Borough's Nana Asamoah scored twice in Saturday's FA Cup victory over Barkingside. Pic: Tony Gay

The goals are flying in at Coles Park – and Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou believes the new 3G pitch has played a big part after his side scored seven goals in Saturday’s FA Cup victory, writes Dan Long.

Tue, 18:56
Sandun Dias hit 85 for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate hauled themselves out of the drop zone again as the weather helped them to secure a narrow victory at Enfield in Division Two of the Middlesex County League.

Tue, 13:54
Jordan Gregory bowls for North London. Pic: Max Flego

North London skipper Sam Bardon is optimistic that victories in the two remaining games will give his side a good chance of promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now