Guardiola hails players after Blues reach Champions League semi-final

By Ric Turner, Thu 15 April 2021 13:38

Guardiola hails players after Blues reach Champions League semi-finalManager "incredibly happy... to be one of the best four teams in Europe"

Pep Guardiola hailed his Manchester City side after they qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for only the second time in the club's history.

Second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden saw the Blues defeat Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate, and set up a mouth-watering clash with PSG in the last four of the competition.

“For the club, it is so important,” he said at his post-match press conference.

“We cannot deny it. This competition is tough mentally. You are working for 10 months and you are judged for one game.

“For one goal you are out and the season is judged as a failure. It is not fair. We cannot judge what these guys have done in five years by going through in one competition.

“Saying that, psychologically, for all the players, for myself, for all the backroom staff, for the Chairman and the CEO, getting to the semi-finals is necessary.

“Of course, we want more. We are going to play PSG, the finalists last year against Bayern Munich. We know how tough they are. They knocked out Bayern Munich, the best team in the world right now.

“We will see what happens and how we arrive, but for the club and especially the players, it is a good moment for all of us.

“We cannot forget, in the five years we are together, we have gone out of the Champions League quarter-finals three times.

“The players suffer the same as the backroom staff and all the people working in the club.

“They are huge competitors and they want to make the next step and today they did.”