Now I am a genius - Guardiola applauds match-winner Foden

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So it proved, as after surviving a barrage of early pressure in northern Portugal on Wednesday, Sadio Mane's 26th-minute strike broke Porto hearts and set Liverpool on their way to a 4-1 win on the night.

They have a two-legged semifinal to negotiate vs Spanish club Valencia after seeing off Napoli in the last round.

"It is a odd one because if you would have asked them last week City would rather have won the Champions League and Liverpool the league".

"It's my first Premier League goal so it will live with me forever", said Foden, who admitted he was surprised to be given the chance to start such a vital game. "In the quarter-finals there are only unbelievably strong teams".

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"Obviously we wanted to qualify for the semi-finals".

Chelsea will take on Eintracht Frankfurt over two legs for a place in the final of the Europa League, but before then they face Burnley and Manchester United in the Premier League. What is really nice is the reason why this was necessary: the semi-final place of Ajax in the Champions League.

"It is our dream".

Pep Guardiola's men edge one point ahead of Liverpool once more with four games of a titanic title race left for both sides. Everybody tried it so far and nobody can do it. So we have to try to get top four.

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This match was a lot less eventful, with just the one goal coming from youngster Phil Foden in the opening exchanges.

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino waves to the fans during the Champions League quarterfinal, second leg, soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Klopp rotated his squad, with Divock Origi making a rare start while Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson were only used as substitutes. You need to trust in the VAR when it is against or for you.

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"For Manchester City, no, but for me and the rest of humanity, it's clear", Pochettino laughed after the game, noting that the referee was well-positioned to see the incident. Back on March 16, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still the untouchable managerial saviour that Manchester United needed, Ajax's joy at beating Real Madrid was crushed by the knowledge that Juventus would swat them aside in the next round, and Brighton's 33 points looked plenty.

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