Manchester City beat PSG on aggregate although they will be the team to draw at the semi-final stage of the Champions League
Manchester City are finally getting things right on the big European stage, with Manuel Pellegrini steering his team through to the last four of the competition on Tuesday night.
A fantastic goal from Kevin de Bruyne saw City go through 3-2 on aggregate against an underwhelming Paris Saint-Germain team who offered little and their best chance was snuffed out by Joe Hart as Edinson Cavani pulled the trigger.
City are now in the semi-finals where they could face either Real Madrid, the winner of the Barcelona v Atletico tie or the winner of the Bayern v Benfica tie.
Bet365 offer 8/1 that Manchester City win the Champions League this season and they will hope to have Vincent Kompany back in central defence for the next round of the competition.
The return of De Bruyne has undoubtedly improved matters, with the Belgian scoring a wonderful goal in the second leg after Sergio Aguero had missed a first-half penalty for the home side.
Manuel Pellegrini was delighted after the clash and claimed that City’s decision to “think big” was behind the victory.
Asked if his side could win the trophy, Pellegrini said: “Of course, because I think it is one of the targets of this club every year. This season, next season. We receive a lot of criticism for different reasons but every year we are improving.
“I am sure the target of this club is to win the Champions League but in winning the Champions League the project is not finished. They want to continue improving every season. Playing the way we did tonight I think we played better than PSG. We have a lot of trust we can play everyone.
“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. 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.
“I never understand the criticism we get,” the manager said. “We beat Bayern Munich in my first season and lost against Barcelona in the round of 16. In the second season we didn’t play well but beat Bayern Munich again and Roma, then we lost to Barça again. This season we won the group and now we beat PSG. I really don’t understand the criticism, or they [critics] don’t understand Barcelona have better players.”