May 8, 2021

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‘There’s something in the stars’ – Guardiola hopes fate is with Manchester City as they reach first Champions League final

The Citizens head coach ended a decade without reaching the European decision maker with a great victory at the expense of PSG

Pep Guardiola was thrilled with how his Manchester City side progressed to their first-ever Champions League final on Tuesday – and now hopes fate smiles on him and his troops in the decider.

The Premier League leaders missed comfortable winners at the Etihad Stadium in their semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain, having taken a 2-1 lead in the first leg.

Riyad Mahrez scored both goals for the hosts in a 4-1 overall victory over the French side, who finished with 10 men when Angel Di Maria saw red in the second half.

What was said?

“It’s for all of us and for the club. I’m incredibly proud and my first thoughts are with the players who haven’t played today,” Guardiola said. BT Sport after the final whistle. “They all deserved to play, everyone made a contribution and now it’s time to take advantage. We have to win the championship and we have two or three weeks to prepare for the final.

“People think it’s easy to get to the Champions League final. Getting to the final now makes sense of what we’ve been doing for the past four or five years. Every day these guys have been consistent and it is remarkable.

“We scored a goal in the hips in the first game, and today Marquinhos hit the bar in the first half – you can be out for the little details.

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

The big picture

While the FA Cup loss to Chelsea may have ruined City’s chances of a quadruple in 2020-21, the treble is still a distinct possibility.

Guardiola’s men beat Tottenham to retain the Carabao Cup in April and could claim the Premier League title on Saturday with a victory over Chelsea.

They must now wait to find out who their rivals are in the Champions League final on May 29, with Real Madrid and Chelsea facing each other at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after drawing 1-1.

Guardiola, meanwhile, returns to the centerpiece for the first time since 2011, when his Barcelona side took down Manchester United to claim the crown.

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