Man City vs Tottenham Hotspur: My players still heartbroken over UCL exit – Guardiola


Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said his players are still not over their dramatic elimination from the Champions League quarter-finals at the hands of Tottenham, who they face in the Premier League on Saturday.

City suffered injury-time heartbreak in midweek when a last minute goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent City through, was ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and Spurs progressed on away goals.

The two sides meet again at the Etihad and City know that if they win their five remaining fixtures, they will be crowned champions again.

“If you believe it doesn’t hurt, or it’s over and forget it, I would say no.

“I don’t want the players to forget what they lived.

“If they forgot what happened on Wednesday that would not be the truth – they would not be human beings. It will take time but you have to live with that feeling and play with that feeling and it’s nice.

“What we lived last Wednesday in terms of emotion and simple life, it was incredible – we were fortunate to live it. More than 55,000 people went from joy and happiness and within one second everyone was devastated. There is not an activity in this world you can put in these limits.

“Always it will remain in our hearts. The performance we did was incredible at this level. I don’t want to see my players saying it doesn’t matter what happened, I like to see them that it hurts,” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday.