Manchester City were left stunned at the end of 90 action-packed minutes in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals as Tottenham Hotspurs escaped with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of Heung-min Son’s lone goal in Spur’s new stadium in London.
City had an early advantage and were handed a penalty in the 13th minute through VAR, unfortunately for Aguero, who is a sharpshooter on sight, was denied a goal thanks to a brilliant save by Spurs’ keeper Hugo Lloris.
City were left chasing as Spurs showed character in the all English clash in the UCL. While Guardiola’s plans backfired, the Blues were not their usual selves on the pitch which may have cost them a chance to draw, or even have an away goal.
City played Riyad Mahrez as right wing while Ilkay Gundogan was a part of the middle with David Silva and Fernandinho. In all attempts made by Guardiola to see an away goal as comfort, Spurs bettered City on the day.
Despite City dominating the ball throughout the match, City astonishingly had two shots on target. Spurs had the majority of chances created and total shots which saw one superb effort by Son in the 78th minute end up in the back of the net to take Spurs home.
Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino was thrilled with the performance the boys put up.
“We showed great quality. We were all excited and motivated to play this type of game,” Pochettino said after the match.
“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.”
However, Spurs face a cause of concern as their star striker Harry Kane could miss the second leg of the clash after suffering an injury. Kane seemed to have injured his left ankle in a tackle on City’s Delph early in the second half.
With a slender lead in hand, Spurs will hope to give their all in the second leg at the Etihad stadium in Manchester as City are expected to come into the clash with all guns blazing.
City host Spurs in the second leg of the quarters at the Etihad Stadium on April 18.