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Guardiola hails ‘huge feat’ after City reach Champions League semis

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Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on his Man City side after they reached the Champions League semis for the first time under him.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailed the club’s ‘incredible’ achievement after they secured a place in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time under his tutelage.

Foden struck a stunning winner with 15 minutes remaining to take the tie away from the Bundesliga side. A characteristic point was the youngster sprinting over to his manager to spark wild celebrations on the touchline.

Riyad Mahrez had equalized from the spot as City shrugged off Jude Bellingham’s early opener to beat Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate and will now face Paris Saint-Germain in the last four.

It is only the second time that the Citizens have reached this stage of the Champions League in their history.

Speaking via the club’s website, Guardiola said: “For the club, it is so important.

“We cannot deny it. This competition is tough mentally. You are working for 10 months and you are judged for one game.

“For one goal you are out and the season is judged as a failure. It is not fair. We cannot judge what these guys have done in five years by going through in one competition.”

“Saying that, psychologically, for all the players, for myself, for all the backroom staff, for the Chairman and the CEO, getting to the semi-finals is necessary.”

“Of course, we want more. We are going to play PSG, the finalists last year against Bayern Munich. We know how tough they are. They knocked out Bayern Munich, the best team in the world right now.”

Guardiola added: “We will see what happens and how we arrive, but for the club and especially the players, it is a good moment for all of us.”

“We cannot forget, in the five years we are together, we have gone out of the Champions League quarter-finals three 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 today they did.”