Pochettino: “The performance was good but there's still 90 minutes to go.”

Updated: Apr 11, 2019

Mauricio Pochettino says he is “happy” his side showed ‘great quality’ after beating Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Son Heung-min produced a moment of magic as his 78th minute strike secured a 1-0 win over the Citizens in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. 

The South Korean’s goal gives the north London club the advantage over City on a historic European night at their new stadium that had a crowd of 60,044.

Pep Guardiola’s men were left to rue the penalty missed by Sergio Aguero in the first half as the Argentina international’s spot kick was saved by Hugo Lloris. But, they have the opportunity to turn things around when both sides meet at the Etihad stadium on the 17th of April.

However, after the win Pochettino told BT Sport: "It was an unbelievable game. It was so tough. But it is still Manchester City and there is a second leg. We are happy as we showed great quality. The performance was good but there's still 90 minutes to go.

"The penalty save I think gave the belief to us. I think there were many positive things."

On Harry kane, who limped off with an ankle injury, he said: "We need to check tomorrow but it looks like it is the same ankle and similar injury. It is very sad and very disappointing. We are going to miss him - maybe for the rest of the season. It is a worry for us. We hope it is not a big issue. But there is not to much time to recover. He twisted his ankle so we will see how it reacts in a few hours."

Goal hero Son was delighted his side never gave up: "As a team we never give up, we fight until 90 minutes. I think we deserved to win, we were more clinical than them. I like this stadium, it is amazing to play here, I am grateful for the opportunity to play at this stadium."

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