Pep Guardiola terms loss to Tottenham Hotspur ‘cruel’
Tottenham traveled to Etihad on Wednesday night leading 1-0 from their first leg played in London, and left with their first ever semi-final qualification despite losing 4-3 on the night.
Speaking after the game, Guardiola congratulated Tottenham for the win but insisted his boys gave their best in the match.
“It’s cruel, but we have to accept it. It was a nice game for everybody. We scored the goals that we needed, but it was the end for us, congratulations to Tottenham and all the best in the semifinals” he said as quoted by BBC.
“I am proud of them (players), and especially the fans, thank so much for the reaction and incredible behavior. It was an amazing night for us, I’ve never seen this stadium like this since I came to Manchester”
It was an action-packed Champions League night in Manchester, with a massive five goals scored in the first 20 minutes. City took the lead inside four minutes when Raheem Sterling curled in a beautiful strike from just outside the box, but Son Heung-min scored two quick goals to level and give Spurs the lead on the seventh and 10th minute.
Their celebrations were however cut short a minute later by a Bernado Silva goal, capping a crazy first 10 minutes.
Sterling then scored his second of the night on the 20th minute to give the home team the lead, which they held on going into the break.
Sergio Aguero scored the fourth on the hour-mark, but substitute Fernando Llorente notched in the all-important third goal for Spurs in the 73rd minute, enabling the London-based side to seal a semifinal spot against Ajax.
City thought they had snatched a win in the dying minutes of the game with a Raheem Sterling goal, but it was ruled out for offside after the VAR check.
City will have another chance for revenge against Spurs when they host them in the English Premier League match this weekend.