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How Man City used Premier League title race to overcome UCL heartbreak

Pep Guardiola's men prevailed 2-0 in the Manchester derby to put them within sight of back-to-back Premier League titles.
Pep Guardiola's men prevailed 2-0 in the Manchester derby to put them within sight of back-to-back Premier League titles.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane speak after their side moved to the top of the table with a derby win over Manchester United.

More than an hour after Manchester City's exit from the Champions League last week, Sergio Aguero was sitting in the dressing room still wearing his kit. The laid-back striker is normally the last to leave -- be it off the team bus arriving at the stadium and from the ground after the final whistle -- but this time was different. Aguero was crestfallen, tears in his eyes after City's brutal quarterfinal exit at the hands of Tottenham.

The manner of that defeat was, in Pep Guardiola's words, cruel....

Son is proving that Tottenham are far more than 'the Harry Kane team'

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Tottenham and Ajax will be the tie of the round, after both sides reached the semifinals in dramatic fashion.
The FC panel credit Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side for the way they handled adversity in the second leg against Manchester City.

He scores early, he scores late; he scores at home, he scores away. Over two legs against Manchester City in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League, Son Heung-Min gave a performance that perfectly summarised his entire season; he is a man for all moments, for all stages.

Of several players' remarkable contributions to Tottenham Hotspur's European cause -- with a special mention, of course, for the often outstanding Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko -- Son's is arguably the most extraordinary....

Explaining the VAR drama: Why Fernando Llorente's goal stood as Spurs eliminated Man City

The FC crew argue the referee was not provided the proper angles to see whether or not a handball was committed on Tottenham's third goal.

In a perfect world, we would have been talking only about four goals in 11 minutes, one of the wildest quarterfinal matches in history, how Manchester City's season is reduced to a "mere" potential Treble and how Tottenham are 180 minutes away from their first European Cup final. But we live in an imperfect world, and one of the legacies of Wednesday night at the Etihad is the controversy surrounding Fernando Llorente's goal and the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR).

After speaking to multiple...

UEFA Champions League final four: Why Barca, Liverpool, Spurs and Ajax will or won't win it all this season

It's a cliche because it's true. With just 270 minutes (plus extra time) left to play, anyone can win the Champions League. Liverpool were in the final just a year ago and Barcelona were the last team not named Real Madrid to actually win it. Ajax and Tottenham look like the longshots but have earned their places by taking down Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus in the past two rounds. Plus, thanks to the fact that the quarterfinal and semifinal draws were made at the...

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino does the simple things right and that's why he's so important

In simple terms, it was the classic Plan B: a backup striker coming off the bench to get on the end of a teammate's cross and nod home in the closing stages.

Except for the fact that Liverpool had already wrapped up their 6-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarterfinal tie against Porto by the time Roberto Firmino headed goalwards in the 77th minute. And that their substitute centre-forward isn't the classic Plan B at all, but a slender, mobile centre-forward once considered a false No. 9.


What we learned from the Champions League: Llorente actually made Spurs worse...

Champions League knockout ties are meant to be tight -- instead, we were treated to 18 goals in the four quarterfinal matches this week, with almost non-stop action from Lionel Messi's brilliant opener for Barcelona against Manchester United to Raheem Sterling's disallowed goal against Tottenham in the final minute. Here are some key talking points from a wonderful week of European action.

Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur (4-4 on aggregate): Llorente actually made Spurs worse...

At the end...