Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City’s first leg Champions League quarter-final defeat at Tottenham is ‘not the worst result’.
Son Heung-Min scored the game’s only goal to give Spurs an advantage heading into the second leg next week, whilst City’s Sergio Aguero saw a first-half penalty saved by Hugo Lloris.
City exited the competition at the quarter-finals to Liverpool last season, having lost 3-0 in the first leg, however, Guardiola insists Spurs one-goal advantage means it is all to play for at the Etihad in the return fixture.
“It’s not the best result but not the worst one.” Guardiola told mancity.com.
“You know in this competition when you want to go through into the last stages you have to make these kind of comebacks.
“You don’t expect to arrive in a semi-final or quarter-final first leg we are going to win 0-3, that is a reality – it happens to many teams in many situations, but we have another option, another chance and that is the point.
“The second leg will be tough but we know what we have to do: score goals, play as well as possible and we’re going to try.
“We’ll see what happens now, it looks a little bit more complicated, but every day, every hour that passes we will see it closer, and we are going to push each other and going to try.”