Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his players are “still in a dream” after reaching the Champions League semi-finals in dramatic fashion but insists his side will be ready for today’s crucial Premier League clash against Manchester City.
Spurs lost 4-3 in a classic encounter against City in Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg, but went through on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.
It was a gripping spectacle right until the final few minutes when City had a stoppage-time goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent them through, ruled out for offside after a VAR review.
Currently third in the league, Spurs return to the Etihad Stadium this afternoon as they hope to boost their chances of finishing in the top-four for a fourth consecutive season.
“We are all tired after an amazing, crazy and unbelievable night,” Pochettino said.
“It means a lot (to reach the semi-finals). We still haven’t realised because we are still in a dream. We’re still in a bubble.
“We can feel the happiness of our fans, also through the messages of family and friends.
“But because we are so focused and busy preparing for Saturday, you do not allow yourself to live your reality.
“Our job is to be focused and concentrated and use all the tools to be ready for Saturday.”
The destiny of the Premier League remains in the hands of Pep Guardiola’s side, however, and they know that if they win their remaining five games they will retain their title.
City have won the League Cup and are in the final of the FA Cup, meaning a treble remains a realistic objective.
“We fought a lot, nine, 10 months for the Premier League. It’s in our hands,” the City boss said.
“It’s tough, of course, but we have to do it.”
Man City vs Tottenham TV channel – how to watch
The Premier League encounter kicks off at 12.30pm this afternoon.
Fans will be able to watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event in the UK.
Build-up coverage starts at 11.30am and live streaming of the action is also available via the Sky Go app for existing customers.
Non-subscription holders wishing to watch the game can purchase a Sky Sports pass through NOW TV.
If you live outside of the UK, find out how to watch Man City vs Tottenham in your country.