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City still favourites and Kane may be out for season - Pochettino

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Published on April 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:38s

City still favourites and Kane may be out for season - Pochettino

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says Manchester City are still favourites in their Champions League tie and warns striker Harry Kane could be out long-term with an ankle injury.

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City still favourites and Kane may be out for season - Pochettino

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

SPURS MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, ARRIVES FOR NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPURS MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING ABOUT INJURY TO STRIKER HARRY KANE: "If you see the action it's an action that maybe when he twist his ankle it can maybe damage the ligament.

Again, we need to check in the next few days.

It's so painful, but what can we do now?

It's possible only now to look forward and try that it's not a big issue and try to recover as soon as possible but it doesn't look good." 3.

WHITE FLASH 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPURS MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "There's still a lot of work to do.

For me, Manchester City is the favourite to win the Champions League.

Of course, it's going to be tough, and in one week it will be a completely different game.

But the satisfaction to win the first leg, give us the belief and of course that we are going to be there and fight a lot but I think that it's a good result for us." 5.

WHITE FLASH 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, PEP GUARDIOLA, SAYING: "We played an incredible game.

A Champions League game is so serious - we conceded absolutely few.

We create chances more than the penalty, arrive there.

We controlled the game, we didn't let them run a lot, we look at the result - okay, it's not the best one - but it is the first one and in this competition you want to go through in the last stages, you have to make these kind of games or kind of comebacks to try to go through.

But I don't have the feeling we played bad if you see the control in the first-half and especially the second one how well we played." STORY: Tottenham Hotspur's elation at beating Manchester City 1-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday (April 9) was somewhat overshadowed by the prospect of a potential season-ending injury for Harry Kane.

Kane, who has scored 24 goals this season, rolled his ankle painfully just before the hour mark after a hefty tackle on City defender Fabian Delph.

The England striker left the field immediately and looks a major doubt for next week's second leg in Manchester.

He could even miss the run-in to Tottenham's season, having already had a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an injury to the same ankle in January when he damaged ligaments.

Pochettino exchanged angry words with Delph after the incident, in which the City player appeared to stand on Kane's ankle as the pair tussled for the ball.

Son Heung-min, who scored goals in the four successive matches in which Kane was missing earlier in the season, rose to the occasion again to seal a crucial win for Tottenham with his 18th club goal of the season in all competitions.

The livewire South Korean cut in from the byline in the 78th minute and fired a shot past Ederson to give Tottenham a slender advantage to protect at The Etihad Stadium next week, the second of three games in 10 days between the two clubs.

Tottenham showed great discipline to shackle a City side who surprisingly left Kevin de Bruyne on the bench until the 89th minute, but Pochettino still reckons his side are underdogs to reach their first Champions League semi-final.

City will need to overturn a curious statistic if they are to keep alive their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple.

They have now lost all five of their European matches against English opponents, including both legs of last year's quarter-final against Premier League title rivals Liverpool.

City coach Pep Guardiola remained unruffled despite his side's surprise 1-0 defeat.

City had lost only once in their past 23 matches in all competitions, a run that had seen them lift the League Cup, reach the FA Cup final and trade top spot in the Premier League with Liverpool in a thrilling title race.

They controlled large periods of the game against Tottenham, but looked vulnerable to the counter-attack and their usual slick passing occasionally seemed laboured.

The quadruple remains possible but City will have to keep alive their European hopes the hard way.

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