& # 39; My players are heroes to be here – I am so happy for them & # 39 ;: Pochettino greets his Tottenham stars after dumping Man City from the Champions League
- Mauricio Pochettino greeted his Tottenham heroes after releasing Man City
- Spurs saved Pep Guardiola & # 39; s side from the Champions League for goals
- Fernando Llorente put Spurs in the equalizer in the Etihad after 73 minutes
- Raheem Sterling thought he had sent City to the semi-final, but VAR decided his goal
- Pochettino insisted that his side & # 39; personality and character & # 39; showed on Wednesday
Mauricio Pochettino greeted his Tottenham heroes after beating Manchester City from the Champions League at goals in a classic quarter-final.
Substitute Fernando Llorente put Spurs in the tie after 73 minutes – he survived a dramatic VAR review for handball, where the ball went in through his hand and thigh.
Then Raheem Sterling thought he had forwarded Manchester City to the semifinals after completing an injury time hat trick just because that was destroyed after Sergio Aguero was sidelined in the run-up.
Mauricio Pochettino greets his Tottenham heroes after overcoming Man City over two legs
& # 39; It was incredible – as it was finished & # 39 ;, Pochettino said. & # 39; I am so happy, so proud. My players are heroes to be here. I am so happy for them, so happy for the fans.
& # 39; A lot of things happened in your head, the disappointment was huge but they changed the decision. That is why we love football.
& # 39; We have shown that anything is possible in football, that you have the ability to beat teams that people think you are incapable of. That belief, that personality and character. We fight.
& # 39; It is a huge achievement for us. We are very proud that we can translate that belief and belief. I am more than proud now that they have written history. & # 39;
The Spurs manager celebrates his players with passion and follows the emphatic result
Pochettino insisted that his party & # 39; personality and character & # 39; to chase City out of Europe
Pep Guardiola reiterated his support for VAR, despite City falling on the wrong side at the height of a breathless second leg.
However, the city manager suggested that the Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir had not been given the final position to judge whether Llorente had bundled his arm in the 73rd minute clincher.
& # 39; I support VAR, but from one angle, Llorente is & # 39; handball & # 39 ;, Guardiola said. & # 39; I'm fine for the fair decisions, the fair football. The referee must be helped. & # 39;
Aguero was in offside position before Sterling seemed to have completed a sensational hat trick before the Etihad Stadium was stunned.
Guardiola added: & # 39; If he is offside, he is offside. In the future and even in the present it will be fair. I've seen the action. The referee decided it was offside, so OK. With VAR last season (against Liverpool) it would have been completely different. & # 39;
Fernando Llorente (left) and Son Heung-min (center, back) scored in the seven-goal thriller
Guardiola regretted individual errors over the two legs. Aguero expressed a punishment in the capital and Aymeric Laporte made two huge mistakes last night.
& # 39; We missed a penalty in the first leg, & # 39; the city manager added. & # 39; We have created an incredible number of opportunities today. We responded well.
& # 39; It's heavy. We were so close. It is cruel. We have to accept it. It is what it is. It is a fun game for everyone. We did everything in the second half.
& # 39; Thank you to the fans. An incredible response. I have never seen the stadium as it was today since I arrived in Manchester. They know that we have given absolutely everything and football is like that, unpredictable.
& # 39; We were honest in the way we played. What we have done in these two seasons is incredible. I am so proud. This club has made the semi-final only once in their lives.
Pep Guardiola reiterated his support for VAR, even though it goes against the city at certain times
& # 39; We have made mistakes and this competition punishes you a lot. Unfortunately it was a bad end for us. & # 39;
Christian Eriksen continued to count his lucky stars after the seemingly bestowing city as a late winner, just for his crazy backpass to eliminate Bernardo Silva before he came to Aguero's feet offside.
& # 39; I have to be one of the happiest guys in the world tonight, & # 39; Eriksen admitted. & # 39; I thought it was all over, but it was a fun game. Thank goodness the referee gave offside. It was a roller coaster, it was goals, goals, goals. We gave them a lot but also got a lot – it was a strange game. & # 39;