Alderweireld opens up on Tottenham Hotspur’s epic CL quarterfinal against Man City
Toby Alderweireld has opened up on Tottenham Hotspur’s special Champions League quarterfinal contest against Man City last year.
It is a year to this day when Tottenham lost to Manchester City 4-3 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal. However, having won the first leg 1-0 at home, our team qualified to the semi-final on the away goal rule.
It was a pulsating encounter that saw Raheem Sterling open the scoring for City just four minutes into the game, but Son Heung-min struck twice in the space of three minutes to put us in front. Bernardo Silva though, equalized again in the 11th minute, before Sterling made it 3-2 ten minutes later.
Sergio Aguero, then, struck for City at the hour-mark, but Fernando Llorente’s strike in the 73rd minute, which was upheld thanks to VAR, ensured that even if our team lost on the night, we progressed to the next round.
Reflecting on that epic night at the Etihad Stadium, star defender Toby Alderweireld said in an interview with BT Sport:
“Everyone just screamed and couldn’t believe it. Before the game everyone was talking that Spurs won 1-0 at home, but City will do it at their place. We did something unbelievable. It was a full package and everyone was delighted to go to the semi-finals.”
Tottenham had to survive a hairy moment late in the game, when Christian Eriksen lost the ball to Aguero, who set Sterling up for a goal, but it was chalked off by VAR. Alderweireld opened up on the feeling in the dressing room after surviving that scary moment, claiming that the team was lucky that VAR was there (h/t BT Sport).
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• Eriksen getting off the hook!@AlderweireldTob answers your questions on a crazy game against Man City to reach the Champions League semi-final ⚽️#UCLThrowbacks pic.twitter.com/Uqevm1VJ21
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 15, 2020
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While the game against Man City was special, we failed to cross the final hurdle as Liverpool beat us in the finals. And Alderweireld stated that while the memories from the game will always be special, but bittersweet as it also reminded him of the final defeat against Liverpool (h/t BT Sport).