Manchester City qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final for the first time in their history as they beat PSG 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium to clinch a 3-2 aggregate victory in their quarter-final tie.

 

The Citizens made history on Tuesday as they won their first ever UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie. After a 2-2 draw in Paris, the Citizens sealed the deal in front of their home fans — a late Kevin de Bruyne goal giving them a narrow win over French giants PSG.

After the match, manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his side’s achievement, claiming that Manchester City played like a big team and did not compromise on their attacking style of play despite the quality of the opposition.

“It is a very great achievement for the club, not only to be in the semi-final of the Champions League, to be in the best four teams of Europe, but also the style of play we never change,” the Chilean said, according to the Guardian.

“Maybe a lot of people thought we would try for the draw. From the beginning we think as a big team so I am very happy to continue with our style.”

The Pellegrini era could end with a bang

Despite their historic success in Europe, manager Manuel Pellegrini will not be at the helm of affairs at Manchester City next season. The club have already announced that Spaniard Pep Guardiola will be taking over starting from the 2016-17 campaign. This means that even if Pellegrini’s men were to go on to win the Champions League, they will have to say goodbye to their manager.

Pellegrini won both the Premier League and the League Cup in his debut season in charge of City in 2013-14. He has already won the League Cup this season and has now led them to the Champions League semi-final. The Chilean manager is arguably one of the best in the world right now and victory in the Champions League would be a fitting farewell for the classy Pellegrini.

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