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Zabaleta wary of Spurs attack

MANCHESTER CITY defender Pablo Zabaleta has acknowledged the Blues need to be wary of Tottenham's counter-attacking abilities at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

IT seems bizarre to think of the Premier League champions being in crisis given they remain unbeaten this term.

Yet that is exactly how it seems given the midweek Champions League draw with Ajax and Roberto Mancini's extreme behaviour, both in the build-up and after the game.

Under such circumstances, Tottenham are hardly the ideal opposition.

Leaders Manchester United have already succumbed to Andre Villas-Boas' men at Old Trafford and though Spurs suffered a shock home defeat by Wigan last weekend, Zabaleta wonders whether they are more dangerous away from White Hart Lane.

"Tottenham have a great team, with fantastic players," said Zabaleta.

"Even following the departure of Luka Modric they still have so much quality up front and when they play away they are more dangerous because they have players who are very quick and play well on the counter-attack."

City are beset by injury worries, meaning Mancini will be forced to rely on the players who failed to overturn a two-goal deficit against Ajax.

At least Zabaleta is fit to occupy the right-back role in the absence of Micah Richards and Maicon after a three-week spell on the sidelines.

"I had three weeks out with a hamstring problem but I feel good now," he said.