Manchester City will host Tottenham at Etihad today after falling to their night-mare Champions League exit at the hands of Pochettino’s side with an away goal rule.
City felt a big disappointed walking out of the Europe top flight league for the season at home courtesy of VAR ruling out Sterling’s late winner, but Pep Guardiola has no choice than motivate his men to revenge a side that cut off their dreams for quadruple this season.
”What happened on Wednesday, I think is just part of life,
”Football and life are not easy. You have to fight and react. We have to live with these situations, accept them. It will be on our minds but looking back will help us to move forward. It was a tough night but the day after we move forward. These players have the opportunity to show they can do that. They can get back what they deserve.’
”If you believe this defeat doesn’t hurt, or that we can just forget it, I’d say that’s not true,’ he said.
”I want to see my players know and understand what they did on Wednesday. It will take time but we have to live with that feeling. What we lived last Wednesday was incredible. We were lucky to live it.
”More than 55,000 people were happy then devastated in a second. There is not another activity in this world you can put in those same limits.
Mentally, City do face a question and they will go one of two ways. Disappointment can damage players but a sense of injustice can propel them forwards. On Saturday it is surely likely that City will fly into the game fuelled by a need to cleanse their system of frustration.
For all that Guardiola has been magnanimous about Spurs’ win, it is quite clear he has not quite yet got Fernando Llorente’s crucial ‘handball’ goal out of his mind.
”I don’t know how we will react,
”We have been knocked out before and we reacted well. But I don’t know. We are so sad. We had incredible hopes to go through. I feel really proud for playing like we did in both games, especially the second game. It was no surrender, go until the end,’ added Guardiola.