Pep Guardiola is being mocked for calling Tottenham the 'Harry Kane team' 18 months ago


Tottenham knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League after a sensational second leg at the Etihad on Wednesday night. 

Spurs went into the game with a 1-0 advantage from the first match, but nobody could have predicted the result in the return fixture. 

City won 4-3 on the night but were eliminated on away goals - and the scoreline only tells half the story. 

Pep Guardiola's team scored in added time to make it 5-3, but Raheem Sterling's goal was overturned by VAR, which was the correct decision. 

20 minutes before that though, Fernando Llorente's goal was ever more controversial. It appeared the ball struck his arm before rolling off his thigh and into the net. 

VAR was used and referee Cuneyt Cakir let it stand - however, it's since been reported that he didn't have access to all of the relevant camera angles. 

Still, the goal counted and in the end it was Tottenham who advanced to the semi-finals - and they did so without their talisman Harry Kane. 

The English striker was injured in the first leg of the tie and many fans thought his side stood absolutely no chance against City at the Etihad. But they were all wrong.

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Based on comments he made just over 18 months ago, Guardiola was perhaps one of those people who under-estimated Spurs without Kane. 

In September 2017, the Man City boss famously described Tottenham as 'the Harry Kane team' which caused a bit of offense at the time. 

"We're in September. Chelsea won 13 games in a row last season." Guardiola said. 


"We have United [and] the Harry Kane team who scores every game two or three goals. Jose with United will always be tough." 

While discussing upcoming fixtures, he didn't even mention Spurs by name as he did with United and Jose, showing a lack of respect towards his rivals. 

But 18 months on, it's Tottenham who have had the last laugh, beating Guardiola and City - without Kane - to reach the last four of the European Cup for the first time since 1962. 


And fans have been quick to mock the comments. 

Those comments didn't age well, did they Pep? 

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