Son Heung-min scored the winner in the 78th minute of Tottenham’s first-leg Champions League Quarter Final match against Manchester City, giving Spurs a 1-0 lead in the tie. The second tie will be played at the Etihad next Wednesday.
It wasn’t all good news for Tottenham. Star striker Harry Kane picked up a significantly serious injury to his left ankle, and is expected to miss at least 2-4 weeks. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was not optimistic about Kane in his post-match press conference.
When asked about Kane, Pochettino said, “I am worried he will miss the rest of the season. We hope it’s not a big issue and he can recover as soon as possible but it doesn’t look good. If you see the action, it shows he twisted his ankle and maybe damaged the ligaments again. We will check in the next few days. It is so painful but what can we do?”
Clearly, this is bad news for Tottenham fans. Not only will Kane be out for the rest of the Spurs Champions League run, but he will also miss the run-in for the Premier League. Kane is Tottenham’s leading scorer in both the league and the UCL, putting pressure on his backup, Fernando Llorente, to produce on the pitch. Llorente will have a good chance to get some momentum going this weekend when Tottenham play a winnable fixture against Huddersfield Town at home.
The loss ends a 14 game winning streak for Manchester City. Striker Sergio Aguero missed a penalty in the first 12 minutes of the match, setting a dull tone for City for the rest of the game. City only registered two shots on target on Tuesday, and was shut out for the first time in 28 matches. Guardiola and his squad will have to bounce back quickly, as they take on Crystal Palace on Sunday. Palace was the last team to beat City in the league, and will be a tough matchup for City. It will be important for Man CIty to not overlook their opponents on Sunday, even though they will be looking forward to rectifying their Champions League loss next week.