Manchester City were favorites heading into the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals match against their English league rivals Tottenham Hotspur but they fell to 1-0 defeat courtesy to a goal from Son Heung-min. The South Korean international scripted history as he became the first player to score in Tottenham’s new stadium in the Premier League as well as the Champions League.
The Mauricio Pochettino-led side earned a slender first-leg after a late second-half goal by Son at the new White Hart Lane in London on Tuesday. At the early stages of the match, Manchester City had the chance to take the lead after they were awarded a penalty but that was scrambled by the otherwise clinical Argentine forward Sergio Aguero.
head coach Pochettino was pleased with the outcome but also insisted that the tie was delicately poised.
“We showed great quality. We were all excited and motivated to play this type of game,” he said. “The energy was good, fantastic, and the penalty save gave us a big lift. There are still 90 minutes to play and it’s Manchester City. But with the spirit we play, anything is possible.”
Despite the victory Spurs were dealt with a blow as skipper Harry Kane injured his left ankle in a tackle on Fabian Delph early in the second half. The striker is key to his clubs aspirations in the Champions League as well as aa top-four finish in the Premier league but Pocchetino believes he could potentially be ruled out for the campaign.
“It is very sad and very disappointing. We are going to miss him – maybe for the rest of the season,” he said “It is a worry for us. We hope it is not a big issue. But there is not to much time to recover. He twisted his ankle.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that winning all four major trophies but has insisted that his side must show what they are capable of in the second leg of the fixture.
“Nobody said it would be easy. We have to show what we can do in the next game,” Guardiola said. “We were more in control, the second half we didn’t really concede anything.
“It was a good performance but that’s the Champions League. We lost, we have the second game and we will see what happens.”
(Quotes – AFP)