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MetiNews.Com - Manchester City manager talks of the contributions of past legends and today's ground staff as the Blues reach their first Champions League final
Breaking News ! Pep Guardiola said that Manchester City ’s Champions League success was not just about the 11 heroes on the Etihad pitch last night. The Blues boss said that the stars of the past, and the unsung workers of the present have all made their contribution to this moment, from Colin Bell to the ground staff who cleared the ice off the surface. Guardiola was asked to express the magnitude of the achievement in beating Paris Saint-Germain in both legs to book an Istanbul final spot against either Real Madrid or Chelsea on May 29. And he did his usual thing of singing the praises of the rest of the squad, most of whom sat on the bench as the Blues secured a 4-1 aggregate win through two Riyad Mahrez goals, and for the owners and the chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. But he made the point that this moment is just another chapter in City’s rich history, and cited some of those who laid the foundations. Read More Related Articles Man City fans show Pep Guardiola has kept his promise after PSG win Read More Related Articles Man City player ratings: Ruben Dias and John Stones magnificent against PSG He said: “The players who played before for us, Colin Bell, (Mike) Summerbee. The guys that helped to take the club to another level - Joe Hart, Zaba, Kompany, Sergio, Silva - many players who helped us to be at this stage. We want to share it with them. “Without them this would not be possible. “We beat a team that knocked out Barca and Bayern. We struggled early on, second half narrow, much better and incredible huge victory for us.” Guardiola often makes the point that victories are for the whole club, memorably organising a “team photo” that included the office and laundry staff, ground staff, and the rest.
. Two goals from Riyad Mahrez against Paris Saint-Germain sealed 4-1 win on aggregate, and City will face Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on May 29. MEN Sport will bring you all the reaction to last night's historic victory. You can have it all delivered straight to your inbox by signing up to our daily newsletter. Just put your email address in the sign-up box at the top of this article, or simply follow this link. It's free and only takes a few seconds.
But this time he was full of praise for the ground staff who played their part in the win by managing to clear most of the pitch of ice, in conditions that threatened to make the game a lottery. Guardiola felt the surface was “slippery, not safe” in the first half and commended his team for defending so well on it. But he added: “Thanks to the workers. This club is like this. Of course we invested money but if people want to believe it’s just money that’s up to you but incredible people behind the scenes and a clear strategy. Five Premier Leagues in ten years means a lot.”
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