Manchester City were completely in charge as they advanced to their first-ever Champions League final with a 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium to win the tie 4-1 on aggregate. Following years of quarterfinal heartbreak since the arrival of Pep Guardiola, he has finally broken through and taken the team to the biggest stage in club history, where they will face one of Chelsea and Real Madrid.
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Kylian Mbappé had to be relegated to the bench due to injury, but PSG were very nearly handed a dubious handball penalty decision that reminded City supporters of the VAR horrors of years’ past. Nevertheless, the decision was overturned, and City immediately were on the front foot. An excellent counter-attacking move started by Ederson and Oleksandr Zinchenko ended in yet another Riyad Mahrez goal in the Champions League to give City a crucial opener. From there, City created a host of chances before a Mahrez brace on a tap in courtesy of Phil Foden sent City to Istanbul.
Despite all of the recent domestic success, City are now one game away from the ultimate achievement: the club’s first-ever Champions League trophy. They will be the favorites against either of their two opponents, but Real Madrid are one of Europe’s very best while Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea just eliminated City from the FA Cup.
The Citizens will desperately want to win this trophy, but this season has been a tremendous success regardless of the result in the final. Knocking out PSG, last season’s beaten finalists, in such commanding fashion is an incredible achievement. City have never been to this stage under Guardiola, and they handled the star powered opposition and pressure of the moment excellently. I believe that’s down to this team’s leadership and experience, with years of heartbreak hardening this team’s steel. City are one game away from European football’s ultimate prize, with the chance to win England’s second-ever treble, and they have absolutely earned their place among the sport’s elite.