On Tuesday night the Champions League resumed with the first legs of the quarterfinals taking place. There was an all-out English affair with Tottenham Hotspur taking on Manchester City. The other game on the night consisted of Liverpool who simply outplayed Portuguese outfit Porto.
This was a crucial leg for all teams involved because it defined how confident they would go into the second leg. The teams did not disappoint with some fantastic football being played on the night.
Spurs vs City
Coming into the game City were the obvious favourites having won 22 of their last 23 games. Their record against Spurs of late has also been perfect having not lost to them in their last 4 meetings. Spurs recently moved into their new stadium and many were unsure whether they would adapt to it. But it has appeared that since they moved into their new stadium they are a new side. In the last week they have won in the Premier League and now caused a major upset by beating City 1-0 in the Champions League.
Spurs Son Shines
The game was an intense one from the first whistle, that was evident when Rose conceded a controversial early penalty. Many would say justice was served when Hugo Lloris saved Aguero’s penalty. From that moment City were on the back foot for majority of the game, they were a shadow of the team they usually are. Spurs applied high pressure by pressing them, therefore City were unable to get comfortable and play their brilliant passing game. The new stadium was built for games such as these and Spurs did not disappoint by delivering a resilient performance in front of their fans. A player that stood out head and shoulders above the rest was Korea’s Son Heug-min who’s often referred to as Sonaldo.
Harry Kane Out
He was hailed as the hero on the night as his solitary goal won Spurs the game late in the second half. His performances outshone the tragedy that was suffered by Spurs main man Harry Kane. The England forward just recently returned from an ankle injury but appeared to suffer another injury to his ankle after clashing with Fabian Delph. Spurs are now in the driving seat going into the second leg, mainly because they never conceded an away goal.
Liverpool vs Porto
There has been a sense of nervousness amongst the Anfield faithful of late since things are so closely contested in the Premier League. But in the Champions League they are quite comfortable after they brushed aside Porto 2-0 in the first leg last night at Anfield. Early goes from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino put them in the lead and they held Porto scoreless. The results were expected since Liverpool beat Porto last year as well 5-0 between the two legs. The Reds will now go to Portugal next week in a relaxed state knowing that they already have one foot in the semi-final. They will be hoping to at least achieve one major trophy this season since they are in contention for both the Champions League and the Premier League.
The biggest question of late is how many English teams will be in the Champions League semi-finals. There hasn’t been a English team to win the Champions League since Chelsea in 2012 so it’s a long wait that could end this year with all English teams still in the competition.