Guardiola pleased with City performance but not the result.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was pleased with his side’s performance in their Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Citizens lost 1-0 as Heung-Min Son’s 78th minute strike found the back of the net at Spurs’ new stadium on Tuesday night.

City were left to rue the penalty missed by Sergio Aguero in the first half as the Argentina international’s spot kick was well-saved by Hugo Lloris. But, the Premier League champions must overturn the narrow deficit at the Etihad Stadium on the 17th of April.

"There are always key moments in football. It is the Champions League and the result is what it is,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

"We played well and we were controlling the game. We had our chances with the penalty so it was a good performance but it is the Champions League and that is the challenge."

On Aguero's penalty miss, he said: "Next time we will score. Now we have to prepare for Crystal Palace. We do not have time to think about Tottenham."

Manchester City have now lost all five of their European matches against English opponents (they lost both legs of the 1970-71 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final against Chelsea and both legs of last season’s Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.

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