Pep Guardiola Reaches first champions league final since 2011
Riyad Mahrez scored a goal in each half as the Premier League leaders beat French champions PSG 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to complete a 4-1 aggregate success in just their second Champions League semi-final.
It means Guardiola, who reaches the Champions League final for the first time since he won the competition with Barcelona in 2011, will now lead his side against either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on Saturday, May 29 as City bid to claim the major title missing from their trophy cabinet.’
Before that, they have domestic matters to attend to and could add the Premier League title to the Carabao Cup they won last month with victory against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as they bid to complete a treble.
And speaking in his post-match press conference, Guardiola was full of praise for the achievements of his players in what has been an extremely tough season.
“We beat a team that knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich,” he said.
“We struggled early on but were much better in the second half. It was an incredible, huge victory for us.Manchester City were boosted by the sight of Kylian Mbappe on the Paris St Germain bench as they looked to secure a place in the Champions League final. The World Cup-winning France striker was only deemed fit enough for a substitute’s role for PSG after suffering a calf injury ahead of the semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola fielded nine of the side that came from behind to triumph in the French capital. The only changes from that line-up saw captain Fernandinho come in for Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko replace Joao Cancelo.
Neymar, who was well shackled for most of the evening, found some space and burst into the area, but Zinchenko never gave up the chase, producing a fine last-ditch block to deny the Brazilian.
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