Pep Guardiola gives his verdict on Man City’s CL clash with Tottenham

    On the eve of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur, Pep Guardiola has spoken of City’s chances to advance to the semi-finals

    The Citizens suffered a narrow 1-0 away loss to the Spurs in the first leg last midweek after Sergio Aguero failed to convert a spot-kick in the first half.

    However, the traveling side head to this fixture notably weakened as their main star Harry Kane won’t be able to help his teammates after picking up an ankle injury.

    Meanwhile, the reigning Premier League holders are eager to secure their first Champions League semi-finals since the 2015-16 campaign as their pursuit of the quadruple continues.

    Asked to give his prediction for Wednesday’s showdown, former Bayern Munich manager has said: “The only [reason to] panic is that you will be out of the competition. I’m pretty sure we’re going to be in the next Champions League.

    “We’ll be sad one day, two days [if we lose the quarter-final], then after we play for the Premier League and the chance to be champion. We play the final of the FA Cup, and next season we’ll be there again; that is for sure.

    “If you ask me what is going to happen, we’ll be in the semi-finals; that is what I feel right now.

    “It’s what I felt right after the game and when I reviewed the game. Maybe I’m wrong, but what I feel now, we’ll be in the semi-finals.”

    Having clinched 12 straight home wins across all competitions, the Citizens welcome Tottenham to the Etihad Stadium looking to take advantage of Spurs’ disastrous away form that has seen them lost six of their previous seven road encounters.

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