Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente is adamant that the decision to allow his decisive goal against Manchester City was the right call.
The Spaniard came on for an injured Moussa Sissoko in the first half and went on to bundle in a corner for Spurs’ third goal in a 4-3 second-leg defeat to City in their Champions League quarter-final tie.
However, Llorente’s goal was enough to send Spurs through to the semi-finals on away goals despite concerns for handball after the ball had hit his arm before touching his thigh.
After a VAR review, the goal was allowed and Llorente is confident that it was the right call.
“I feel that, a little bit, touching the hand but the hand is near the ball, you know. I didn’t see the ball,” said Llorente, according to MSN.
“I didn’t try to hit the ball with the hand and I think it has to be goal, but you never know in this moment.”
After a difficult start to the season, Llorente has now struck eight times and provided five assists in 28 appearances for Spurs.
“I’m very proud because it’s not easy,” he said.
“Coming in the game in this unbelievable game with a lot of pressure, in a difficult moment as well but I always believe in me, in my opportunities. This is what I do.”
City manager Pep Guardiola also gave his views on Llorente’s goal that ended his side’s quadruple hopes for this term.
Meanwhile, the former Spain international will be looking to keep up his good form in the second game at City on Saturday in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to avoid defeat, with just a point separating them in third from fifth-placed side Chelsea as they bid to remain in the top-four.
Manchester United are just a further two points back themselves.