Champions League – Manchester City vs Tottenham Called for a response in the Premier League
Manchester City had to swallow the bitter pill of Champions League elimination on Wednesday after two VAR decisions went the way of Tottenham Hotspur to send Pep Guardiola‘s side out.
Fernando Llorente got what proved to be the winner, though the ball seemed to strike a mix of his hand and hip on its way into the net.
“Maybe the image the referee saw it wasn’t the case, but from another angle it was a handball,” Guardiola said after the game.
“It’s tough, it’s cruel, but we have to accept it.
“It was a good game, we did everything in the second half, we scored the goals we needed, but we have to congratulate Tottenham and wish them all the best for the semi-finals.”
The atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium was uncharacteristically impressive on a European night, which the City coach acknowledged.
“I’m very proud, especially of the fans,” he said.
“I’ve never seen the stadium like today and we’re sad for all of them.
“But they know we did everything we could. Football is unpredictable and, unfortunately, we’re not in the next round.”
Now all eyes at City will be on the Premier League and ensuring they beat off the threat of Liverpool to retain their title.
“We have to react on Saturday,” he said.
“It’s time to rest, sleep and recover well.
“We have to get back up and we’ll have to do everything in our power to win the league.”