London: Mauricio Pochettino challenged spirited Tottenham to finish the job after their 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals was marred by Harry Kane’s potentially season-ending injury. Pochettino’s side earned a slender first-leg advantage thanks to a clinical strike from South Korea forward Son Heung-min late in the second half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday.
Much-maligned Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris also enjoyed a sweet moment of redemption in a troubled campaign when he saved Sergio Aguero’s first-half spot-kick. Pochettino was delighted with Tottenham’s display against the Premier League champions, but he insisted the tie was still delicately poised. “The energy was good, fantastic, and the penalty save gave us a big lift.
“There are still 90 minutes to play and it’s Manchester City. But with the spirit we play, anything is possible.” Tottenham’s victory was an unexpected twist after Kane injured his left ankle in a tackle on Fabian Delph early in the second half. Kane will have tests on the injury on Wednesday, but Tottenham boss Pochettino fears his star striker could miss the rest of the campaign.
“It is very sad and very disappointing. We are going to miss him – maybe for the rest of the season,” he said “It is a worry for us. We hope it is not a big issue. But there is not to much time to recover. He twisted his ankle.” City had only themselves to blame for failing to earn an advantage for the second leg in Manchester on April 17. Having won the League Cup, reached the FA Cup final and kept the destiny of the Premier League title in their own hands, this was City’s next hurdle in the race for an unprecedented quadruple.
But City boss Pep Guardiola is adamant it is almost impossible to achieve a clean-sweep of all four major trophies.He might be right on the evidence of a City display that lacked the cutting edge and intensity required to keep Tottenham at bay. City’s first defeat since a January 29 setback at Newcastle is not fatal to their European ambitions, but they will have to improve on this tired effort to stop Tottenham reaching their first European semi-final since 1984.