Guardiola pays touching tribute to City icons following historic win

Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to a handful of Manchester City legends after the club reached the Champions League final last night.

City beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 at the Etihad in the second leg of their UCL semi-final, confirming their 4-1 aggregate success and a trip to Istanbul for the final.

It’s been a long time coming for the Citizens who have been desperate to replicate their domestic success on Europe’s grand stage.

Pep pays his tributes

They’ve come within touching distance of reaching the big one in the past only to fall short, but now, they’re just one step away from being crowned Champions of Europe.

After the full time whistle blew, Guardiola took some time to reflect on the journey this club has been on.

“Absolutely [it’s a historic evening]. “Big memories for all the players and all the people who have mad this club big – Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee – many, many of them. 

“Congratulations to the owners who took over the club and tried to invest and support. People believe it is just about money. If they want to believe that, okay, but it is not just that, it is all departments and the facilities we have. 

“Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta – many players who help get us in this position now. it belongs to them and I am pretty sure they will support us in three weeks. 

“I am so proud of the guys. We have done an amazing Champions League and we are there.”

While they may still have to overcome Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final, this is a hugely significant step both for City and Guardiola.

They wanted to make history this season and at this stage in proceedings, they look like one of the best sides in recent footballing memory.

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