Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City are hurting after their dramatic Champions League quarter-final exit to Tottenham.
City were eliminated on the away goals rule following a 4-4 draw on aggregate, with Spurs advancing to the semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.
In a Champions League classic, Raheem Sterling saw a stoppage-time ‘winner’ disallowed by VAR for offside, with City’s wild celebrations short lived.
City face Tottenham again in the Premier League this weekend, the third meeting between the sides in 10 days, and Guardiola admits the nature of Wednesday night’s defeat hurt.
“If you believe it doesn’t hurt, you’re wrong,” Guardiola told his pre-match presser.
“I don’t want players to forget what we left on Wednesday. We are human beings, we take time and what we leave last Wednesday in terms of emotion, we are lucky to live it with 65,000 people in the stadium.
“The players were fantastic. We lost but I was so proud. The performance we did was incredible.