Manchester City reaches first Champions League final after 'incredible' journey
May 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the club's "incredible" journey after it reached the Champions League final for the first time.
(CNN)Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the club's "incredible" journey after it reached the Champions League final for the first time.
City reached the semifinals under former manager Manuel Pellegrini, but since Guardiola took charge in 2016, the club had previously failed to get past the quarterfinals.
Whilst European success has proved elusive, Guardiola has ushered in plenty of domestic success -- winning two Premier League titles -- but this is the competition that everyone associated the club has had their eye on.
This is because of them, they helped take us to another level," said Guardiola, who as a coach hasn't won the Champions League since 2011.
Guardiola left Barca in 2012, but in his three years with Bayern Munich and his first four seasons at City, he was unable to crack the code to reach the final.
"I also want to thank the owner, the Chairman and the staff at the club," added Guardiola.
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Like City, its owners have splashed the cash in order to secure the title but last year's runners-up failed to manage its emotions, ending Tuesday's game with 10 men as also happened in the first leg.