Guardiola reacts as the quest for quadruple is over

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 18/04/2019

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reacted to his shock elimination in the Champions League quarterfinals by fellow Premier League rival Tottenham Hotspur on away goal rule on Wednesday evening.

It was a show of attacking prowess and defensive frailty from both teams as they demonstrated what they have in their respective attacking line, Spurs was without Harry Kane and still produce three goals in the classic clash against Manchester City.

Spanish forward replaced injured Moussa Sissoko and he was Mauricio Pochettino’s lucky charm as he bundled in a ball from the corner and it was confirmed by VAR with just 17 minutes from time which ended Guardiola’s hope for a historic Quadruple.

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Guardiola said: "It is cruel but it is what it is and we have to accept it. After 20 minutes we were 3-2 up. In the second half, we created a lot of chances and we scored the goals we needed. Unfortunately, it was a bad end for us so congratulations to Tottenham and good luck for the semi-finals.

"I support VAR but maybe from one angle Fernando Llorente's goal is handball, maybe from the referee's angle it is not."

He added: “We missed a penalty in the first leg, we created a lot of chances against a tough team… We made a mistake for the first two goals. But we were honest in the way we played. We tried until the end. What we've done in these two seasons is incredible."