Monaco, Liverpool, Tottenham and Olympique Lyonnais, Manchester City’s last four failures in the Champions League under Pep Guardiola sounded like a mental barrier for the English club. Yet this season, things are much better. After taking out Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-0, 2-0) and Borussia Dortmund (2-1, 2-1), the Sky Blues dismissed Paris Saint-Germain by winning 2-1 then 2-0 tonight to reach the final. A great first for the English team which made it a major objective since 2009 and the arrival of Abu Dhabi United Group at the head of the Mancunian team.
At the end of the meeting, Pep Guardiola returned to the course of the meeting. The Spanish technician congratulated his players for their performance and was reassured of the absence of Kylian Mbappé. “It was a close game, they put a lot of players in between the lines. Finally, it was good that Kylian Mbappé did not play, in these situations they are unstoppable as against FC Barcelona. We suffered a lot in the first half. In the second half, the pressing was much better. We defended well in our last thirty meters and the second goal came from a counterattack ” explained the Catalan coach in comments collected by RMC Sport.
Manchester City finally in the two best teams in Europe
Far from stopping there, he spoke of Manchester City’s previous failures and savored: “You know in the first leg Pep is a genius, because Mahrez put the ball between two hips. We have been taken out three times in recent years, for example on an offside goal. How many times could we have lost at the last minute? This time the coin fell on the right side. ” Satisfied to have finally defeated the Indian sign, Pep Guardiola knows that the hardest part comes with a final against the winner of the semi-final between Chelsea and Real Madrid (a poster that will be to follow tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. on our live commentary) .
Proud to reach this stage of the competition, Pep Guardiola believes that this is not the best symbol of the work carried out by his team over the past few years. For him, consistency in the league is the best indicator: “We are in the final, it’s important for this club. In our championship, 4 clubs qualify for the Champions League and it’s tough. We’re still here. We have been trying for 10 years and the takeover of Abu Dhabi. We are already winning the title in England. The most important thing is to be in the Champions League every year, because you must not disappear and that is important. The most important thing is to win 3 Premier League in 4 years, it is to be consistent. We are in the top two teams in Europe and we will want to win. “
Ambitious but far from being obsessed with this victory in the Champions League with Manchester City, Pep Guardiola wanted to play down by explaining that this is not what will define his career. He also wanted to highlight the importance of this course for Manchester City: “I won the Champions League twice. I have been to the semi-finals 9 times. If my career ended today losing, I would be happy. I have been to important clubs like FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, I do not ask for anything more. It is important for our supporters. For most of us it is the first and it is important. ” Arrived to take Manchester City a step forward in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola has often failed in recent years, but he has never been so close to victory. Answer on May 29 in Istanbul against Chelsea or Real Madrid.