Ex-Premier League golden boot winner tips Spurs ahead of Man City for Champions League glory

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City faced off in one of the most entertaining Champions League matches of all time last season at the Etihad.

Spurs went into the game 1-0 up on aggregate from the first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, before going behind away from home after just four minutes.

Six minutes later and Tottenham were somehow now 2-1 up on the night after a quickfire Heung Min Son brace at the home of the Champions.

Give it another ten minutes and they were 3-2 behind after Sterling grabbed his second of the night and Bernardo Silva added a third.

By 59 minutes, Man City were finally ahead on aggregate after Sergio Aguero made it 4-2 on the night. However, Fernando Llorente survived a VAR check to hit Spurs back into the lead on aggregate via his hip/hand.

Despite Sterling thinking he’d won it with a last gasp hat-trick, it was ruled out for offside via VAR and Spurs went through to the semi-final.

Ex-Spurs man, Dimitar Berbatov, doesn’t fancy Man City to lift the trophy this year, but wouldn’t rule out Tottenham and Mourinho (Betfair via The Sun).

He said: “Manchester City are the favourites to win the Champions League but they wouldn’t be my bet to lift the trophy next May.

“City ended their Group stage campaign by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 this week, but we shouldn’t read too much into City’s results so far, as they haven’t played any opponents that are at their level.

“Pep Guardiola is desperate to win the Champions League with City but other teams are playing better football.

“Liverpool haven’t been at their best in the Champions League this term but they’re performing brilliantly in the Premier League and, as the holders, know how to pace themselves for the knockout rounds.

“Barcelona and Juventus are also strong contenders and you shouldn’t write off Spurs.

“They have no reason to be fearful about who they get in Monday’s knockout stage draw.

“In Jose Mourinho, Spurs have a coach who’s won trophies throughout his career, including the Champions League with Porto and Inter – two teams that few people would have fancied.

“So it doesn’t matter who Spurs face. They have great quality and after reaching the final last year, should feel confident.”

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