Little over 60 hours after their extraordinary Champions League drama, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will face each other again at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, this time in the Premier League.
City's dream of a quadruple of titles ended with their away-goals loss after Wednesday's second-leg ended with a 4-3 win, but a 4-4 aggregate score. The destiny of the Premier League remains in the hands of Pep Guardiola's side, however, and they know that if they win their remaining five games they will retain their title.
Yet this is now a major test of their character after what was a crushing exit from Europe, with a late goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent City through, ruled out for offside following a VAR video review. "We have to react, close time, same team. But don't think too much right now, sleep as much as possible and then we will prepare for the game," said Guardiola.
City have won the League Cup and are in the final of the FA Cup, meaning a treble remains a realistic objective. "We fought a lot, nine, 10 months for the Premier League. It's in our hands," added Guardiola. "It's tough, of course, but we have to do it." City are two points behind leaders Liverpool.
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