Man City too nervous in big games, says star player

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur put up a phenomenal performance on Tuesday night beating the current Premier League holders Manchester City.

Hugo Lloris’ penalty save and a fantastic solo effort from Heung-min Son saw the Lilywhites come out on top in the breath-taking Champions League quarterfinal clash.

Pochettino’s side will deservedly take a 1-0 advantage into the Etihad on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola and his men are not used to setbacks, although they did suffer an embarrassing defeat to Liverpool in the last year’s Champions League quarterfinal.

Their trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium might have reinvigorated those painful memories.

Speaking to the MailOnline after the defeat on Tuesday, Ilkay Gundogan said: “We were not brave enough in the game, there were too many mistakes.

“I have the feeling that we are nervous in important Champions League games. We have always made the wrong decisions.”

Guardiola, however, disagreed with his talented midfielder when questioned about the issue.

The Spaniard said: “I don’t think I agree with him. He can say whatever he wants, I like it when they express what they believe.

“It has happened many times in my career in specific games when they lost a little control. But regarding this specific game, it did not happen.

City will travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday, while Tottenham will take on already relegated Huddersfield at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday before both teams face each other again in the vital second leg of the quarterfinal on Wednesday night.





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