UCL Wrap: Pep Says Man City Deserves to be in Final

UCL Wrap: Pep Says Man City Deserves to be in Final Photo: TT
Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain at the Etihad Stadium

Riyad Mahrez scored a double to lead Manchester City into their maiden UEFA Champions League final with a 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Mahrez fired in the opening goal in the 11th minute after Kevin De Bruyne’s shot deflected into his path, before the Algerian finished off a sweeping move in the 63rd minute.

Paris Saint-Germain were reduced 10 men on 69 minutes, with Angel Di Maria lashing out at Fernandinho.

PSG were without Kylian Mbappe who was battling a calf complaint but Manchester City were always in control, sealing a 4-1 aggregate win.

“I think reaching the final of the Champions League helps us see the bigger picture of the last four years,” City boss Pep Guardiola said after ending a run of three straight quarter-final exits.

“What we have done in the last four years is incredible. In terms of the Premier League, the Carabao Cup and every competition.

“Reaching the final helps us to understand what we have done. It is unfair, but we have to accept it.

“To reach the final of this competition is so difficult. It is the toughest one, the quality of the opponent and the composure you have to have to suffer the toughest moments.

“We did it. We made an incredible Champions League season and now deserve to be there in the final.”

Meanwhile, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said it was a difficult defeat to take, although they battled in the second leg, failing to have one shot on target.

“We feel disappointed because sometimes you need that percentage of luck to win the game, but the team put in incredible effort and I feel so proud of the players,” he said.

“We were a little bit unlucky and we are a little disappointed as we wanted to be in the final and I think we showed that. Unlucky, disappointed, sad, but we have two competitions left to play.

“It’s difficult now to be positive but we must be positive and be strong mentally.”

Ben somerford
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