Guardiola defends tactics after Man City's Champions League exit

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The game ended in scrappy fashion with a number of bad challenges and Sterling getting involved in some pushing and shoving with Spurs players.

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"We saw each other yesterday and we congratulated each other on the game", Guardiola said of Pochettino.

Spurs have faced four Premier League away defeats in a row. We are still there, it is in our hands.

The Premier League is very close to what will be an fantastic climax as sides at the bottom and top of the table are still fighting for things.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock acknowledges his side could get a "battering" at home to title-chasing Liverpool.

Fernandinho started on the bench in the midweek game against Spurs but will surely be restored to the starting XI this time round.

Kane suffered a significant ankle ligament injury against Manchester City last week, similar to the one which kept him out for six weeks earlier this year, but the club confirmed on Thursday that he has "commenced rehabilitation". Jurgen Klopp's men have now won eight consecutive games in all competitions and do not look likely to crumble under the pressure of delivering a first top-flight title for 29 years should City slip up.

Tottenham's impressive progression under Pochettino has always been tempered by their inability so far to back it up with trophies, despite a string of final and semi-final appearances.

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Liverpool have on paper a much more comfortable run-in than City.

Cardiff are now 18 place in the top-flight table, just two points from safety.

"I understand the situation on the City bench; from top of the world down, disappointed, that is unbelievable, the emotion we live last night was wonderful".

"Cardiff is completely back in the race with that result so they will fight for it".

However, the VAR ruled out the strike as Sergio Aguero was offside in the lead up, and Tottenham held on, losing 4-3 but progressing on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

But now it is up to Liverpool to try and stop Lionel Messi as Liverpool take on Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League.

It was these chances which turned out to be the costly ones for Spurs in the end as City's narrow victory propelled them to the top of the table.

The player doesn't really want to say that Liverpool are the best team in Europe right now, despite the good scoring rate they have.

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