Were City negatively affected by the missed penalty? Pochettino answers in press conference

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in just a matter of hours.

Spurs will try to hold on to a narrow 1-0 advantage from the first leg of the Champions League quarter final which was played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week.

Heung-min Son’s late solo effort will see the Lilywhites have a good chance of making history in the northwest of England.

If Mauricio Pochettino’s men manage to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition tonight it will be the first-time achievement in the north London’s club history.

This, however, might have not been possible without Hugo Lloris’ contribution in the first leg of the tie.

The French goalkeeper saved Sergio Aguero’s penalty in 10th minute, and according to Ilkay Gundogan, the City players had a negative reaction to it.

In yesterday’s press conference, Mauricio Pochettino was asked if he saw any difference in the City team, following the missed kick from 12 yards.

The Argentine told Football.London: “I cannot go into their mind, only they know how they feel when he missed the penalty.

“Of course, in some point football is about emotion. Some periods in the game can be key and of course if you miss a penalty you drop your focus and concentration.

“I don’t know. I cannot be disrespectful or say something that is maybe not right.

“Only the players on the pitch can feel or they felt it was tough after missing a penalty.

“It’s like with us after some different situation when you concede chances or miss an action.

“It can affect the game and affect personal things or character on the pitch. That is unpredictable.

“Of course, after many years you shared with your players you know how they are going to react.

“This is why I cannot say or have a proper opinion about that. I’ve just got to trust what he (Gundogan) said in this case.”

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