Pep Guardiola’s first-ever Champions League final was prepared five years after Riyad Mahrez scored twice as he beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal an aggregate 4-1 semi-final victory.
Manchester City’s previous four Champions League campaigns under Guardiola have ended in angst ahead of the semi-final.
Guardiola has already won the competition twice as a coach during his time at Barcelona.
“It’s for all of us and for the club. I am incredibly proud, ”said Guardiola.
“Getting to the final now makes sense of what we’ve been doing over the past four or five years. Every day these guys have been consistent and it’s remarkable.
Mahrez’s goal also decided the first leg and the Algerian, who grew up in the Paris suburbs, once again haunted his native team with two clinical finishes at the start of each half.
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The final in Istanbul on May 29 against Real Madrid or Chelsea is the culmination of City’s rise since a 2008 takeover of Abu Dhabi transformed the club’s fortunes.