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Guardiola expects Man City reaction against Spurs after painful European exit

(Reuters) – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said his players will not forget their painful Champions League loss to Tottenham Hotspur but expects them to show the same intensity when they face the north London club again in the Premier League on Saturday.

City’s quadruple bid ended when they went out of Europe on the away goals rule on Wednesday, despite winning 4-3 win at the Etihad Stadium, after the two-legged quarter-final tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.

Guardiola’s side thought a late goal from Raheem Sterling had earned them a place in the semi-finals but the effort was ruled out after a video assistant referee (VAR) review confirmed that Sergio Aguero was offside in the build-up.

“You believe it doesn’t hurt or I’ve forgotten it? I would say no,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday. “I don’t want the players to forget what they live.

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