Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino called his players “heroes” after qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals after an emotional match against Manchester City.
Tottenham fell 4-3 but went through the rule of the goals as visitors after the 1-0 victory at their stadium in the first leg.
“It was incredible, the way it ended,” said the Argentine Pochettino at a press conference. “I am very happy, very proud. My players are heroes (…) I am very happy for them, so happy for the fans “.
The classification of the Spurs came despite not having their star Harry Kane.
Pochettino said he had gone through a wild mix of emotions during the final moments of the game, after Raheem Sterling’s goal that classified City but that was finally canceled at the VAR’s request.
“At that time many things happen in your head, the disappointment was huge (for the goal), but then they changed the decision,” he said. “That’s why we love football… Today we showed great character and a lot of personalities, it was an incredible match”.
Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen, who lost the ball at the start of Sterling’s goal play that was not finally validated, did not conceal his relief.
“I must be one of the luckiest guys on the planet tonight. I thought it was over, but it was a game with many emotions, a strange game, “he said.