Champions League quarters: Guardiola upbeat despite Man City setback at Tottenham

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first_imgChampions League quarters: Guardiola upbeat despite Man City setback at TottenhamSon Heung-min’s 78th-minute strike helped Tottenham Hotspur stun Manchester City 1-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match on Tuesday. advertisement Reuters LondonApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 09:02 IST When we don’t play well I say it, but I don’t have that feeling: Pep Guardiola (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPep Guardiola said Man City controlled the game quite well during their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham HotspurManchester City have not overturned a Champions League tie in which they have lost an away first leg since 1971 Manchester City will host the Spurs in the return leg of Champions League quarter-final on April 17Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola remained unruffled despite his side’s surprise 1-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg tie on Tuesday.City had lost only once in their past 23 matches in all competitions, a run that had seen them lift the League Cup, reach the FA Cup final and trade top spot in the Premier League with Liverpool in a thrilling title race.They controlled large periods of the game against Tottenham, but looked vulnerable to the counter-attack and their usual slick passing occasionally seemed laboured.The quadruple remains possible but City will have to keep alive their European hopes the hard way — having not overturned a tie in which they have lost an away first leg since 1971.They lost 3-0 at Liverpool in the first leg of last season’s quarter-final so City’s task is less daunting this time.”Last season was much worse,” Guardiola told reporters. “Except for a few chances we conceded in set-pieces and some counter-attacks, we controlled the game and played quite well.”I would have liked us to score a goal but the situation is what it is.”City’s cause was not helped by Sergio Aguero’s first-half penalty miss after Danny Rose was harshly adjudged by VAR to have used his arm to block Raheem Sterling’s shot.Despite plenty of incursions deep into Tottenham territory, City managed only two shots on target as an attack that put 10 goals past Schalke in the last round misfired.City also laboured somewhat to beat Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, but Guardiola was not about to start criticising his team.advertisement”When we don’t play well I say it, but I don’t have that feeling,” said the Spaniard. “They’re a team who press a lot but they couldn’t do that — especially in the second half, when we arrived many times in the final third.”We played so well on the second ball. Next week, hopefully our fans can support us every single minute.”Also Read | Olympic qualifiers: Indian women’s football team bows out after 3-3 draw with MyanmarAlso Read | Indian football team to play in King’s Cup in JuneAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Champions LeagueFollow Manchester CityFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Pep GuardiolaFollow Harry Kane Nextlast_img

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