Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola dreams of guiding the club to their first Champions League final after taking control of the successful game with Paris Saint-Germain.
Last season runners-up PSG seemed on track to secure a semi-final first leg advantage over City thanks to Marquinhos’ header in the 15th minute before the English visitors produced a second-half comeback.
Surpassed in the first half on Wednesday, Kevin De Bruyne’s clumsy cross shot found the back of the net just past the hour mark and Riyad Mahrez’s free kick put the Premier League leaders in the lead seven minutes later.
In the current Champions League format (since 2003-04), City became the first English team to win more than 10 games in a single campaign.
City – on the verge of winning the Premier League – have never reached the Champions League final.
“What we have done is amazing and we are competing really well. In the later stages you can’t compete perfectly for 90 minutes, ”said Guardiola, who led Barcelona to two Champions League titles.
“Of course it’s a dream to reach the final for the first time and we’ll do it, knowing if we’re able to do what we’ve been doing for 55-60 minutes or be more careful thinking about the result, by being careful and having to defend yourself or think about winning the game.
“We are going to play the game with the mentality that we will have a good chance of living.”
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City have now won their last 18 away games in all competitions, scoring 46 goals in the race and conceding just nine.
In the history of the European Cup / Champions League, there have been 47 cases before City won over PSG of an English team winning the first leg of a two-legged knockout match in the away from home, and on all 47 occasions the England team have improved. .
Guardiola added: “I was happy in the locker room after the players just calmed down. No cheers, just calm. Anything can happen in the return leg… I know that.
“We have the pressure because we have good results and we want to reach the final but I am not talking about the consequence of the result, I am thinking about what we have to do to be ourselves.
“Now we are preparing for Palace because we want to win three Premier Leagues in the last four years. And now I’m going to analyze the team. PSG can change system and form and a lot can happen.
“We have the feeling when they are near our box how dangerous they are. We have scored two away goals but everything is open. And I have the feeling that my players know it. So there is no need to tell them.