Man City player admits Champions League defeat against Spurs last season is driving them on

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Bernardo Silva has admitted that Manchester City are not taking their Champions League quarter-final against Lyon for granted after what happened against Tottenham in the same stage of last year’s competition.

The quarter-final against City last season will live long in the memories of Spurs fans with the Lilywhites progressing to the semi-final on away goals despite City winning the second leg 4-3.

The game ended in dramatic fashion with Raheem Sterling scoring what he and City thought was the winner in stoppage time only for the goal to be ruled out due to VAR detecting an offside against Sergio Aguero during the build-up.

Just like the game against Spurs last year, Pep Guardiola’s men go into the clash against Lyon as the overwhelming favourites.

However, Silva admitted that City are well aware that they can be turned over if they do not bring their A-game on the back of what happened last campaign.

Speaking about the match against Lyon, the midfielder told Manchester Evening News: “Anything can happen. Juventus were knocked out by Lyon. We have seen lots of surprises in the competition over the last years.

“We lost against Tottenham last year in the quarter-finals. It’s very difficult to predict the games and the results in this competition.

“The fact that Liverpool are out, Real Madrid are out, it’s not going to make our path easier. That would be a wrong thought.

“We need to go game by game, be very focused, knowing that every game is going to be very tough. All the teams in Lisbon are here because they deserve it.

“We need to be at our best level to win the games and try to reach the final.”

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I, like many Spurs fans, was convinced our name was on the trophy last season for the way we came through both the City and the Ajax games to book our place in Madrid. Unfortunately, the final was a day to forget but the journey there, right from the group stage onwards, was nothing short of sensational. It will live long in fans’ memories, especially since we do not look likely to have a realistic shot at winning the competition for a while to come.

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