May 11, 2021

Sports Legend

Pep Guardiola hails Man City players from past and behind the scenes after club’s historic achievement

Pep Guardiola hailed his ‘incredible’ players after Manchester City put in a superb performance to reach their first Champions League final.

Riyad Mahrez struck every half as Premier League leaders beat French champions Paris St Germain 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to claim an overall success of 4-1 in the semi-finals.

City manager Guardiola said: “We beat a team that knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich. We struggled at the start, but we were much better in the second half. It was an incredible and huge victory for us.

“What the players have done this season is incredible in the most difficult year for everyone. Being so close to winning the Premier League and the Champions League final is so good. “

City will now play the winners of the other semi-final 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 their acquisition by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.

Guardiola, who took the reins in 2016, said the victory belonged to a long list of contributors.

He said: “My first words are for the players who haven’t played. I know how hard it is. My second is for our owners, our president, all the people of Abu Dhabi. Then the players who have played for us before – Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee.

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