May 11, 2021

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Pep Guardiola greets Manchester City players in the past and in the wings after the club’s historic achievement


Pep Guardiola saluted his “amazing” players after Manchester City performed superbly to reach the Champions League Final for the first time.

Riyad Mahrez scored in every half as the Premier League leaders beat French champions Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to complete their 4-1 aggregate victory in the semi-finals.

City coach Guardiola said: “We defeated the team that toppled Barcelona and Bayern Munich. We suffered early but we were much better in the second half. It was an unbelievable colossal victory for us.”

“What the players have done this season is unbelievable in the most difficult year for everyone. Being very close to winning the English Premier League and the Champions League final is a good thing.”

City will now meet the winners of the other semi-final match between Chelsea and Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul later this month. Their progress is the culmination of a long journey for the club since Sheikh Mansour seized power in 2008.

Guardiola, who took over in 2016, said the victory was due to a long list of shareholders.

He said, “My first words are for the players who haven’t played. I know how difficult it is and the second is for our friends, the chairman, all the people of Abu Dhabi. Then the players who played for us before – Colin Bell and Mike Summerby.”

“Then the guys who helped take the club to another level – Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Sergio (Aguero), who is still here. Many players helped us be at this point, they want to share it with them. Without them. It wouldn’t be possible. “

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