Manchester City have put the pass to the semi finals on the return game at home after a 1-0 quarter-final defeat to Tottenham. A game rife with lineup questions, late substitutions, a missed penalty and a superstar injury in Harry Kane, it will still come down to the second leg at home for City.
Heung-Min Son’s goal in the second half was what settled a physical and, at times, chaotic contest, with City now in need of a big performance in the return leg if we are to advance.
On to the reaction:
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“It’s not the best result but not the worst one.” Guardiola explained. “You know in this competition when you want to go through into the last stages you have to make these kind of comebacks.
”You don’t expect to arrive in a semi-final or quarter-final first leg we are going to win 0-3, that is a reality - it happens to many teams in many situations, but we have another option, another chance and that is the point.
”The second leg will be tough but we know what we have to do: score goals, play as well as possible and we’re going to try.”
“We play to score a goal, unfortunately we couldn’t score but we have a second game.
”We’ll see what happens now, it looks a little bit more complicated, but every day, every hour that passes we will see it closer, and we are going to push each other and going to try.”
Spurs great at stopping us playing, but very limited in what they did themselves - we did not deserve to lose. Pep's subs ridiculously late. And only three City players acknowledging the away fans at the end was pathetic. pic.twitter.com/9KFnD3ct56— View From A Blue (@viewfromablue) April 9, 2019
Absolutely baffling from start to finish by Pep tonight. The XI named to the in-game approach, and finally those late changes. Mahrez being left on so long and De Bruyne not appearing until 89th min the worst of it. Criminal.— David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) April 9, 2019
Up next for City is travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday for a crucial Premier League game. At two points behind Liverpool in the table with a game in hand. Jurgen Klopp’s side host Chelsea later the same day.
See you then!