Pep Guardiola waxed lyrical about his players after Manchester City ousted Paris Saint-Germain in their UEFA Champions League semi-final tie.
For the first time in the club’s history, Manchester City will contest in the Champions League final following a 4-1 aggregate success against PSG.
The Citizens headed into the return leg carrying a handsome 2-1 first-leg lead from the Parc des Princes, although Les Parisiens never looked like they gave up on their hopes of overturning the deficit.
However, everything went smoothly for City at the Etihad on Tuesday evening as Riyad Mahrez’s brace propelled them to a 2-0 victory and an overwhelming aggregate triumph.
The Algeria international was also instrumental in City’s comeback in Paris last week, scoring a delightful free-kick to put his side ahead going into the second leg.
Pep Guardiola never managed it past the Champions League quarter-finals in his first four years in charge of Manchester City.
Stars have finally aligned for the renowned expert as his team coasted past Mauricio Pochettino’s star-studded PSG side.
Seeking his first title in Europe’s elite club competition since the 2010/11 success with Barcelona, the Spaniard expressed his delight about the English giants’ unprecedented achievement.
“This is remarkable. People believe it is easy to arrive in the final of the Champions League,” he said as relayed by BBC Sport.
“Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years. Every day these guys have been consistent.
“We scored a goal through the hips [of the defensive wall] in the first game.
“Today, Marquinhos hit the bar in the first half – you can be out for little details. Manchester United won a title because of John Terry’s slip and scored in the last minute against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid won a title against Atletico in the 93rd minute.
“It is a competition that is so difficult, and something in the stars is involved in that.”