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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Referee : Björn Kuipers
9th April 2019 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 1 Tottenham Hotspur

    • ‘78' Son Heung-Min
  • 0 Manchester City


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Heads up! โฌ†

Well, that's all from me tonight. Onwards and upwards!

Stay tuned to for more post-match reaction, including Riyad Mahrez's thoughts on the clash.

See you lovely lot again on Sunday for our Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

A disappointing night - but we keep fighting. We've recovered from worse scrapes than this!

Come on, City!


Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"We created chances - more than just the penalty.

"The result is not the best one but we have to make these kind of comebacks to go through."


Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œWe played an incredible game, we conceded absolutely few (chances). We controlled the game, we made them run a lot.

โ€œExcept a few chances at set-pieces and some counter-attacks, we controlled the game.

"I donโ€™t have the feeling we played badly, especially in the second half how well we played, but the result is not good. Last season, it was much worse.

"We are going to try, at home, with our fans, with our families. We would like to score a goal but the situation is what it is. When we are not good I say but I donโ€™t have that feeling.โ€

โ€œSometimes 1-0 is better than 0-0 as you know exactly what you need to do. Of course, in football you analyse the result and thatโ€™s not a good perspective for us. Maybe when I analyse the game, Iโ€™ll change my mind but I feel we played well.โ€


Pep Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œI decided to play with two holding midfielders. Fitness was not the issue.

"I know itโ€™s tough for KDB. For Mendy, after 4-5 months injured, it was too much and Bernardo could not play. Hopefully next week, maybe Bernardo will be fit.

"We have the second leg - we spoke about that. We have 180 minutes.

"We played to score but we couldnโ€™t. It looks complicated but we will try.


Disappointing but not distastrous

Of course, not the result we'd hoped for... but it's not over yet.

Would have been fantastic to have scored an away goal - and now we have to ensure they don't nick one at the Etihad - but it could have been far worse.

Nowhere near our best - not creative enough at all - but in the knowledge we have to score next Wednesday, expect all-out attack.

Certainly makes for another intriguing tie!



De Bruyne fizzes a ball across to the near post for Gabriel Jesus - but just like his City counterpart moments earlier, Lloris dives to claim.


Down but not out

A suckerpunch but all is not lost... by any stretch. We're not even halfway through the tie.

Definitely mustn't concede a second here but there is no cause for immediate panic.


Such a poor goal to concede

Reward for not giving up.

The chance looked to be lost, as Son mis-controlled and the ball looked to reep over the by-line... but he kept it in, turned and smashed past Ederson.

Delph wanted offside. VAR checked it. The goal rightly stands.


Good spell

Gabriel Jesus has made a strong impact since his introduction, putting the Spurs defence under pressure and challenging for every ball.

City committing more men forward in recent minutes too. Sensing an opportunity?



Delph goes in search of that magic moment, arrowing towards the far corner - but it's well wide.

Silva attempted to rescue it, sliding in, but it had too much pace and evaded him.



City in control again - just the way we like it.

Not rushing anything; not throwing men forward - there's no need at this stage.

It isn't imperative we score tonight, of course. Preferable though ๐Ÿ˜‰



Lovely from Sterling, who dribbles across the box. Instead of opting to shoot, he looks to chip into Silva's path.

Lloris is out to intercept but again, the flag was raised.



Kane has limped off, heading straight down the tunnel. Seems to be an ankle injury, sustained in a challenge with Delph on the halfway line.

Looked in some pain.



Concern as Ederson goes to ground, having leapt like a salmon to pluck the ball out of the air.

He collided with Otamendi on the way down and hit the floor hard.

And he doesn't go down for nothing...



Mahrez with a half-chance, as he runs onto a clearance to strike... it hits Alderweireld and bounces wide.

The corner flashes across goal and is cleared before anyone can react!

Better from City already.



Chance for City, as Aguero clips to Sterling at the far post, having received Silva's pass,

The winger controls before drilling towards the far corner. It's saved and there's no-one there to follow up!



A tense, tightly-contested affair of very few chances.

Obviously, we head into half-time disappointed not to be a goal to the good, following Aguero's penalty miss - but in truth, we haven't really done enough to deserve the lead.

Spurs have definitely looked the more threatening and of course, we'd be content with a draw from the first, although admittedly an away goal could prove decisive over the two legs.

Need to regain control, retain possession and stop giving away daft set-pieces!




Aguero again goes in search of the opener.

It's a difficult angle from range - and the strike swerves the wrong side of the near post.



It's getting a bit tasty out there too between the players, who are taking their individual battles very seriously!

Fernandinho and Kane the latest pair to tussle, sparking reactions.

There's plenty at stake!


Well held

Great again from Ederson, who smothers Rose's free-kick.

City need to stop giving away unecessary free-kicks in dangerous areas - putting ourselves in trouble!



Heart-in-mouth moment as Laporte almost gives the ball away in his own area, as he and Ederson try to play the ball out, under Spurs pressure. We just about survived it.



Eriksen strikes the wall again; then has a shot blocked.

It's pinball before Son tries to float the ball to Kane. Alderweireld tries his luck with a half-volley - that's blocked too.


Safe hands ๐Ÿ™Œ

Must be said, Ederson (as usual!) has been the calmest man on the pitch.

Cool in possession and first to every cross. That composure has been needed.



Great delivery from Gundogan, who whips a free-kick into the box. It reaches Otamendi, who heads goalwards but straight at Lloris.

Again, the flag would have disallowed it anyway.


Calm it down.

Buoyed by their home support, Spurs are on the front foot, forcing City into silly mistakes.

We just need to regain composure and control possession again. Then, the chances will come...



Just prior, Sterling had done well to nip the ball away from Son, who was lining up a shot, having been played through by Kane.

Spurs looking the more threatening now...



Ederson is called into action for the first time, beating Kane's effort away!

The City defence were stood still, assuming a free-kick would be given in the build-up... but Ederson was alert.


Spurred on?

That save may well have ignited the Spurs' faithful... but I imagine it will also fire Aguero up.

The Argentine will be keen to atone for that miss...


A glorious chance spurned...

A rarity, as Aguero's spot-kick is pushed away.

Needless to say, it's lifted the Spurs crowd again and the momentum has shifted.

Let's hope it doesn't affect us. Still a long way to go...



Stoppage in play, as VAR is called into action to analyse a potential handball against Rose from Sterling's shot!

He dived in and his arm was up...



Great chance for Spurs, as Sissoko races clear down the left. He cuts back for Alli, who attempts an ambitious volley and fortunately, it flies over the bar.

Sissoko had way too much space there...


Keep calm and carry on

City dominating the early exchanges, passing the ball around, trying to take the sting out of the game and the wind from the home fans' sails.

No rush to venture forward - just content to keep the ball.



At the other end, City look to mount early pressure of our own, as Silva is played through.

He fires into the side-netting (the wrong side of the post) but it wouldn't have counted anyway, with the offside flag raised.


Early warning โš 

Kane looks to put Ederson under pressure inside the first ten seconds but as always, our Brazilian shot-stopper keeps cool.

City sporting our purple and orange kit; Spurs of course in all-white.



Five minutes to go and the atmosphere is electric!

The teams are in the tunnel and the stadium is a sea of white, as the Spurs fans create a mosaic, while our travelling faithful are also rising to the occasion.


Injury update

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Bernardo Silva misses tonight's game with an injury.

The boss also explains Kevin De Bruyne could have started, but that he opted to field David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.


Familiar foe, unfamiliar territory ๐Ÿ‘

Kyle Walker faces his former employers, having played for Spurs between 2011 and 2017, scoring four goals in 183 Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites.


You again! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Tonight's game marks the first ever European meeting between City and Tottenham in what will be the 157th meeting between the teams in all competitions.


Team news and tactics, courtesy of Club Journalist Rob Pollard ๐Ÿ—’

"Sergio Aguero returns after the Argentine missed our last two matches after limping out of the win away at Fulham 10 days ago.

"He will be looking to add to his 29 goals this season, five of which have come in the UEFA Champions League.

"Kyle Walker is also fit enough to play. He came off at half-time of Saturdayโ€™s FA Cup semi-final with a hamstring problem but has made a quick recovery.

"Benjamin Mendy misses out after making his first appearance since January and is replaced by Fabian Delph.

"Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus are replaced by Riyad Mahrez and Fernandinho as Pep Guardiola makes four changes from Wembley."


Fifteen minutes to team news!

Who makes your starting line-up?

We know that Sergio Aguero, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy are in contention, while Oleks Zinchenko is sidelined.

Will they all make the XI? Bearing in mind Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi are one booking away from a suspension too, will they be risked?!

Find out shortly...


Cause for optimism? ๐Ÿ“ˆ Did you know...?

โ€ข City have won 21 of our last 23 games in all competitions, losing one. We have scored 72 goals in that run, conceding only 11. 

โ€ข  Pep Guardiola's men are the top scorers in this season's UEFA Champions League with 26 goals and have scored two or more goals in each of our four away games in this season's competition (W3 D1).

โ€ข  The Premier League Champions have twice recorded our biggest European victory in this season's UEFA Champions League, beating Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Manchester on matchday four before the 7-0 defeat of Schalke last time out.

โ€ข Guardiola has lost just two of his 14 managerial contests with Mauricio Pochettino (W8 D4). The pair also crossed paths as coaches in Spain with Barcelona and Espanyol respectively.

โ€ข  City have won nine of our last ten away games in all competitions, and all of the last six.


Countdown to kick-off โฑ

So, what's the general consensus, you lot?

Feeling confident? Nervous? Not too worried until the second leg?

How should we approach it? Offensive from the off, as per our usual style, or more defensive as to protect a clean sheet?

Let me know your thoughts on Twitter with #cmoncity!


Breaking new ground ๐ŸŸ

A very good evening from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!

The stage is set for tonight's eagerly-awaited Champions League quarter-final clash - and what a glorious stage it is.

The anticipation is building. What a night we have in store...



Sterling efforts ๐ŸŒŸ

Raheem Sterling says he is thriving under Pep Guardiolaโ€™s stewardship, constantly pushed to become the best.

The winger is enjoying an exceptional run of form on a personal and collective level, earning deserved acclaim and nominations for the PFA Player of the Season award.

In 42 appearances this season, Sterling has netted 19 goals and 16 assists โ€“ key to Cityโ€™s hunt for an unprecedented Quadruple โ€“ and credits his managerโ€™s motivational skills to his success.

โ€œTo be in such an amazing team with a great coach and environment, youโ€™re constantly learning,โ€ he said.

โ€œPep is someone who trusts you and encourages you to do better.

โ€œYou can never, ever stay still. He keeps you on your toes. Youโ€™re never comfortable.โ€


Team news

Pep Guardiola confirmed Sergio Aguero, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy are all in contention to play.

Aguero limped out of the recent win over Fulham and missed our last two games but is back in training and getting close to full fitness.

Walker was taken off at half-time of our FA Cup semi-final as a precaution after feeling a pain in his hamstring but has reacted well to treatment.

And Mendy made his first appearance since the end of January after a long-term knee problem and has suffered no adverse effects. 

Guardiola says all three were assessed at Monday's open training session, but believes they should be fit enough to be involved. 


It's matchday! โšฝ

The day has arrived and the excitement is building... City return to Champions League action tonight!

Pep Guardiola's men travel to Tottenham Hostpur in an 8pm kick-off in the North Londoners' new stadium, as we lock horns in the first leg of our quarter-final clash.

How are you feeling ahead of the game? Let us know on Twitter using #cmoncity!

As always, we'll have all the pre-match build-up, plus minute-by-minute coverage and post-match reaction so stay tuned throughout the day.

Come on, City!

Other games that day

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    FC Porto0

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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