Fernando Llorente: 'One of the best moments of my career'


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino predicted the meeting with the exciting and young Dutch side would be an "open and exciting game", but it will take something for it to offer more entertainment than this non-stop wave of drama and emotions.

Raheem Sterling thought he had the victor and his hat-trick in added time, with his manager Pep Guardiola punching the air maniacally and the Etihad Stadium erupting in delirium.

"Earlier, the use of VAR in checking and then allowing Fernando Llorente's goal was a fantastic example of the system at its best - and the right decision was made". I have to thank god for the first time that the referee gave an offside! "To be in the semi-final was a dream before and now we are there".

The Spurs players, who moments before looked utterly distraught, revelled in the knowledge that they, and not City, were going through.

Sterling and Son Heung-min both struck twice in the first half, with Bernardo Silva's deflected effort giving the hosts the lead.

Two-goal Son said: "I have never seen something like this, It was tough and insane but we are very proud of our team-mates".

With their defence marshalled by the hugely impressive Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool, who reached the final a year ago, are now undefeated in their last 17 games in all competitions as they seek a Premier League-Champions League double.

"You know my opinion about VAR, you know, nothing changes", Guardiola told a news conference ahead of Spurs returning to Manchester for a Premier League clash on Saturday.

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"It was a few minutes left to play so I tried to get everyone up but then out of nothing VAR was there and saved us".

Sergio Aguero was adjudged to have strayed offside in the build-up, deflating City and meaning that Spurs would prevail with the score 4-4 on aggregate.

He said: "To do this with an unbelievable team and be for the first time in the semi-finals of the Champions League with these teammates is insane". The ball seemed to hit the arm of Fernando Llorente before landing in the net. Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand disagreed; he felt Spurs had made their own luck.

Pep Guardiola rued the cruelty of VAR as Spurs ended Manchester City's hopes of an unprecedented quadruple by eliminating them from the Champions League. "It was unbelievable, the way it finished".

"My players are heroes, making the semifinal, making history", he said.

Eriksen was asked to preview the Ajax game in an interview with BT Sport. "Today, we showed great character and great personality".

"It was a fun game to play but I'm lucky we're on the good side".