Tottenham boss salutes ‘fantastic’ home fans after famous European win
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The noise at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was deafening throughout the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Man City
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino revelled on a wonderful night for the club after they secured an important 1-0 home victory over Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Heung-min Son’s goal in the 78th minute saw Tottenham Hotspur claim a slender advantage in the first leg played in north London.
The noise inside the stadium was electric throughout and even though City played it down ahead of kick-off, the atmosphere played a big part in the contest.
Asked about the performances of impressive midfielder twosome Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks, Pochettino used his response as a chance to thank the fans.
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He said: “You know in the last year-and-a-half Sissoko is a player that gives a lot of things to us and I am so happy with him.
“And Harry Winks, after his injury, again he gives a lot of things to the team and I am happy with him, of course.
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“But I am happy with all of the performances and all the players and the spirit was massive and we had fantastic help from the stand.
“Our fans were fantastic and the stadium is unbelievable and it is amazing to have the possibility to play here. We are so lucky.”
The attendance was 60,444 and the home supporters went wild with 13 minutes gone when Hugo Lloris dived to his left and saved Sergio Aguero’s penalty.
It was the third consecutive spot-kick the Spurs captain had stopped after denying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jamie Vardy already in 2019.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) awarded the penalty after Danny Rose had blocked a shot from Raheem Sterling with 10 played.
Pochettino added: “We were talking a few weeks ago at the training ground when they were using the VAR and trying to practise and still there is a lot of work to do.
“It will be a tough summer and I think we need to all be involved to try and find the best way to work and that will be important.
“Will it check everything? Will it check only handball and in this there were a lot of actions you can check.
“Next season how will it work? Will it work like this game or not, so there are many things we need to try and make clear.
“I think the direction of football and the spirit of the game will change and we will see a different sport, not the football we grow up watching.”
No City players appealed for the spot-kick, but after they got it, the save from Lloris felt like it could be a turning point in the whole two-legged tie, let alone the match.
Spurs grew into the last-eight encounter with their intensity rocking City and Dele Alli and Harry Kane had decent chances in the opening 45.
After a goalless first half, the Lilywhites were attacking the South Stand in the second period, but needed Lloris on top form to thwart Sterling in the 47th minute.
Midway through the half City started to get the upper-hand and Harry Kane’s injury disrupted the flow of the hosts.
Eventually Tottenham got back on track though, and Son provided the winner – controlling Christian Eriksen’s fine pass and firing in to stun Pep Guardiola’s men and make it another glorious night for Spurs back in N17.