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Manchester City: Last 5 years ‘now is smart’, says Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola received two Champions League trophies at Barcelona however this will likely be his first ultimate in 10 years

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says guiding the membership to a primary Champions League ultimate “now makes sense” of his five-year spell in cost at Etihad Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez’s second-leg double in opposition to Paris St-Germain secured a 2-Zero win and sealed a 4-1 combination victory.

The Blues are one win away from a 3rd league title underneath Guardiola however he had did not steer them previous the quarter-finals in Europe till this season.

“This is remarkable,” mentioned Guardiola.

“People believe it’s easy to arrive in the final of the Champions League. Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years.

“Every day these guys have been constant. We scored a aim by the hips [of the defensive wall] within the first sport, and in the present day Marquinhos hit the bar within the first half – you might be out for little particulars.

“Manchester United won a title because of John Terry’s slip and scored in the last minute against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid won a title against Atletico in the 93rd minute. It’s a competition that is so difficult and something in the stars is involved in that.

“I need to thank the proprietor, the chairman and the employees on the membership. This membership is about all of the folks that work behind the scenes, it isn’t nearly cash. If you need to assume that then you might be fallacious.”

Guardiola’s side have been knocked out in the quarter-finals in the past three seasons by Lyon, Tottenham and Liverpool and lost in the last 16 to Monaco in his first campaign in charge.

They are playing in the Champions League for a 10th successive season and had only once before reached the semi-final stage, losing 1-0 over the two legs to Real Madrid in 2015-16 when they were managed by Manuel Pellegrini.

‘When the tough occasions come, we step up’

City fell behind in the first leg in Paris when Marquinhos headed home a corner, but fought back in the second half to earn a 2-1 advantage.

Mahrez, who scored the winning goal in Paris, was again the star in Manchester, slotting under Keylar Navas in the 11th minute, before rounding off a scintillating counter-attack just after the hour mark.

Just like in the first leg when former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was sent off, Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG side were reduced to 10 men after Angel di Maria stood on City midfielder Fernandinho after the ball went out of play.

“We may have scored extra,” Mahrez told BT Sport. “They misplaced their nerve and began to kick us and after the crimson card it was extra comfy.

“We didn’t concede much and I think that’s why we’re in the final.”

Kyle Walker, who was a part of a again 4 that stored their eighth clear sheet on this season’s competitors, mentioned he was “buzzing” and “it is what you dream about”.

“In big occasions there are going to be nerves – we have to control that,” the right-back mentioned.

“We go back to Anfield [in 2018] and throwing it away in the first leg. The second year we are at Tottenham [2019] and lost in the first leg before chasing it here. Last year [against Lyon] it was different over one leg – a proper cup game.

“To lastly get the victory over there after which come right here and win is full credit score to this squad.”

Ruben Dias, who joined the Blues from Benfica in the summer, said the two legs showed the “actual character of the crew”.

“When we went in to half-time in Paris dropping 1-Zero and we placed on a present – that claims probably the most about our crew,” the Portugal international told CBS Sport.

“When the tough occasions come, we step up.”

‘This win propels them to the stage they need to be’

Since Manchester City were taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 they have won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and six League Cups but Europe has been a different proposition.

Guardiola was brought to the club to change that, having won two Champions League titles while in charge of Barcelona, and former City defender Joleon Lescott said the club reaching their first final had been a “very long time coming”.

“To see the place they’ve come from to now go into this competitors as favourites, it is particular and all of the followers really feel the identical approach,” Lescott mentioned on BT Sport.

“It’s been nice to look at however it’s been a very long time coming and a number of arduous work. This win propels them to the stage they need to be at.”

Former goalkeeper Joe Hart was also part of the BT Sport team and he said it was a “enormous second” for the membership.

“People say this membership has not obtained historical past at European stage and it hasn’t, however it has an actual soul – individuals have been by the highs and lows,” Hart mentioned.

Nedum Onouha, who played for City between 2004 and 2012, told BBC Radio 5 Live it was “very surreal”.

“I used to be at Wembley in 1999 watching that Division Two play-off ultimate and now I’m watching the crew which I help actually management the Champions League semi-final in opposition to a aspect who was within the ultimate the 12 months earlier than,” he mentioned.

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