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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium

FT
Etihad Stadium Referee : Cüneyt Çakir
17th April 2019 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘4' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘11' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘21' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘59' Sergio Agüero
  • 3 Tottenham Hotspur

    • ‘7' Son Heung-Min
    • ‘10' Son Heung-Min
    • ‘73' Fernando Llorente

#mancity

Commentary By Robert Pollard

23:19

Pep [on Saturday's game]

"We have to react. Close time, same team. But don’t think too much right now but sleep as much as possible and then we will prepare for the game.

"We fought a lot, nine, ten months for the Premier League. It’s in our hands. It’s tough, of course, but we have to do it."

23:17

Pep

"I support VAR. But maybe to see the goal from Llorente’s handball. I am fine for fair football and fair decisions. The referee must be helped.

"In the future and the present, it will be fair and that’s all."

23:16

Pep

"It’s cruel but we have to accept it. It was a nice game for everyone. Second half we did everything. We scored the goals we needed but congratulations to Tottenham and all the best for the semi-finals."

22:17

That game will rightly be heralded as a classic - but for City fans I'm not sure we've felt that kind of devastation in a single moment in many a year. 

22:16
33'

Btw, a slightly separate thought...Sterling's ability to arrive at the backpost at the perfect time and score goals from that position reminds me of Ljungberg in his pomp. 

33'

City pressing high and hard. Spurs really struggling to get any kind of rhythm. 

But they've shown already they can break in a flash. 

No idea which way this is going. 

21'

Bernardo had it on the right, De Bruyne takes it on the overlap and plays the PERFECT cross across the box and Sterling is there - like he always is - to finish at the far post. 

7'

Brilliant from Spurs. Moura dispossessed Laporte. Tottenham broke at speed and Son finishes with a sublime curling effort from the edge of the area. 

4'

De Bruyne and Aguero played a one-two, the Belgian played it out wide to Sterling, who puts it on to his right foot and curls one into the bottom corner. 

19:55

Wow...this stadium!

The Etihad looks fantastic. Flags everywhere. Fans in fine voice. This could be a special night. 

Need the team to start quickly. 

19:47

Nerve-wrecking

The teams have finished warming up and have gone back to the dressing room for final preparations. 

I say this a lot, I know, but my nerves tonight are shredded. This week is going to be hard, but what a pleasure and a privilege to support a side like this, involved in everything in mid-April. 

19:36

How's everyone feeling?

19:18

More from Stones

“Vincent Kompany made a good point before Palace where these sorts of moments as players it brings out the best in us and we need to trust in ourselves.

“In the Premier League, we have got five games left, everything to play for and we’ve got to keep believing and enjoying the pressure.

“Personally, you get the best out of yourself when you’re under scrutiny.

“You find within yourself who you are and what the players around you have inside them.

“To be in big games and fighting for everything is a privileged position to be in. we have to take every opportunity and every moment. Tomorrow is a big one for us. We need to be fully prepared.

“We need to roll with it and believe in ourselves.”

“I’m not sure yet if I will start - nobody knows."

19:15

Plenty of international connections

John Stones, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling & Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Harry Kane (England)

Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne & Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen (Belgium)

Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus & Lucas Moura (Brazil)

Nicolás Otamendi, Sergio Agüero & Paulo Gazzaniga, Juan Foyth, Erik Lamela (Argentina)

Benjamin Mendy & Hugo Lloris (France)

19:08

Fortress

City's home record in all competitions this season is W23 L2 – we have won the last 11, scoring 48 goals and conceding three while keeping eight clean sheets.

Not too shabby... 

19:04

Thoughts?

Very string lineup. Kompany I thought was excellent at the weekend and I'm glad to see him in there. 

The front three is dazzling and the options on the bench are unreal. 

We need a big performance. 

18:28

Late show

Each of Tottenham's last 10 goals scored in the Champions League have come in the second half of their matches; indeed, 93% of their goals in the competition this season have been netted in the second half (13/14).

18:24

Love Leroy, me

City's Leroy Sane has been directly involved in seven goals in his last three home games in the Champions League (three goals, four assists), four more than he managed in his previous seven such games at the Etihad (one goal, two assists).

18:20

Pochettino

“For us to beat them in the first leg was an amazing result, but we know very well that the tie is still open. What we have is the belief and the faith that we can be strong. We are going to fight.

“We know they're so strong and have a very high tempo from the beginning, but that is our challenge – to try to stop them, to be offensive and attack. We need to believe that we can stop them and show our quality.”

18:20

Stones [on Spurs]

“To say Harry Kane or Dele Alli might not be playing, we can’t concentrate on that, what we do best is focus on us, play right way and focus on us.

“Everyone is together, no matter what the situation, even injured players. It’s down to us to perform and show what we can do.”

18:14

Pep [on whether this is a season-defining week]

"Definitely, if we don’t win these games, we lose the titles," he said. "This season we had an incredible opponent in Liverpool.

"Usually 84, 85 (points) is enough to win the title. We both deserve it but only one can get it.

"We will put our heart on the pitch tomorrow - our desire - and after we will see."

18:10

Good evening

Hello! Welcome to tonight's coverage of our Champions League quarter-final. 

Huge game. 

Pep summed it up yesterday: This next seven days will define the season. 

10:53

How are you feeling? 🤔

Calm? Confident? Nervous? Cautious? Petrified beyond belief? Unable to concentrate at work? Constantly checking your watch, in which time appears to be going backwards?! Sweating profusely with a racing pulse?!

Let us know how you're attempting to cope with the countdown to kick-off on Twitter with #cmoncity...

08:47

Guardiola on a season-defining week 💬

"If we don’t win these games, we lose the titles.

"This season we had an incredible opponent in Liverpool.

"Usually 84, 85 (points) is enough to win the title. We both deserve it but only one can get it.

"We will put our heart on the pitch  [on Wednesday] - our desire - and after we will see."

08:46

Team news 👤

Pep Guardiola has a near fully-fit squad to choose from.

Fernandinho has been back in light training after a short-term absence with injury, and Sergio Aguero is fine despite being withdrawn from Saturday's win at Crystal Palace with 15 minutes remaining.

Guardiola believes the Argentine striker, who has 29 goals in all competitions so far this season, needs time to recover full match sharpness after his recent muscle problem. 

However, Oleksandr Zinchenko won’t train this afternoon and he is a doubt for Wednesday’s game at the Etihad Stadium.

08:43

It's matchday! ⚽

A very good morning!

What a day we have in store... It's make or break for City, as we return to Champions League action with tonight's quarter-final second leg visit of Tottenham.

Pep Guardiola's men must overturn a slender deficit from the first leg, without the advantage of an away goal, ensuring a thrilling evening awaits at the Etihad Stadium. It's an 8pm kick-off...

COME ON, CITY!

Other games that day

  • FC Porto1
    Liverpool4
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As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Lyon 6 +1 8
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 -8 6
4 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 6 -3 3
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