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City Still Favourites Says Pochettino

City Still Favourites Says Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Manchester City are still the favourites to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Son Heung-min struck late on as Spurs claimed a first-leg advantage in the all-Premier League quarter-final with a 1-0 victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But the gloss was taken off the success by fears their talisman Kane, the England captain, could face another lengthy lay-off with an ankle injury.

Kane rolled the joint as he challenged Fabian Delph for the ball just before the hour.

To compound matters, Delph then caught him on the ankle. Pochettino felt Delph could have been sent off for the challenge but did absolve the City defender of blame for the injury.

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He said: “I said to him, ‘You were lucky’. Checking on the VAR, maybe technically it was a red card but I think both were fighting for a ball and had no intention to damage each other.” Spurs will now take an unexpected advantage into the second leg against quadruple-chasing City at the Etihad Stadium next week. “I am happy with the performance and the way we approached the game,” said Pochettino. “We still have a lot of work to do.

Manchester City are still the favourites to win the Champions League and it is going to be tough.”

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