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Man City Starting To Build Champions League History – Guardiola

Guardiola has hailed Manchester City players for seeing off German giants Borussia Dortmund to advance to the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday.

Man City survived Dortmund scare as goals from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden helped the premier league leaders in a 2-1 win and progress with a 4-2 aggregate.

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The victory sees Man City, who play PSG in the next round, reach just their second semi-final in the club’s history and the first in the Guardiola era.

“It feels incredible,” Guardiola told BT Sport via Sky Sports. “This is the second time we have got to the semi-finals, so there is not much history for our club here, but we will start to build it.

“We were brilliant except for the first 10 minutes. We’re going to try and play a good game [against PSG].

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“Semi-final, Champions League. For the second time in our history we are there with the real elite of Europe. Now, I don’t want to think for one second about PSG. I want to celebrate. Dinner with the staff and the team. I don’t know which wine, it will be with wine for sure.

“It is a good moment for all of us, especially the players. We cannot forget, in the five years we are together, we have gone out of the Champions League four times.

“The players suffer the same as the backroom staff and all the people working in the club. They are huge competitors, and they want to make the next step – and they did.”

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On clearing a psychological hurdle of reaching the last four, Guardiola added: “For the club it is so important, we cannot deny it.

“This competition is tough. You work for 10 months and you are judged for one game. You go out and your season is judged a failure, a disaster club. This is not fair. We cannot judge what these guys have done in four or five years.

“But saying that, psychologically, for all of us – the players, myself, the backroom staff, my chairman, CEO, to pass this moment of the quarter-finals to get to the semi-finals was necessary.

“Now, of course, we want more.”

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