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city slickers 'I am so proud' - Pep Guardiola holds back his emotion as Man City reach Champions League final

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Manchester City's Fernandinho, Ruben Dias and John Stones celebrate after the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester City's Fernandinho, Ruben Dias and John Stones celebrate after the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester City's Fernandinho, Ruben Dias and John Stones celebrate after the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was oozing with pride as he guided Manchester City to their first Champions League final after a comprehensive win against Paris Saint-Germain.

Riyad Mahrez struck twice as Manchester City produced a superb all-round performance to reach their first Champions League final with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Paris St Germain.

The Paris-born winger struck in each half at the Etihad Stadium, adding to his effort in the first leg, as the Premier League leaders completed a 4-1 aggregate victory.

PSG threw plenty into attack as they attempted to chase the tie in unexpectedly icy conditions but Mahrez’s second just after the hour proved a killer blow.

As in the first leg, PSG lost their composure in the latter stages and Angel Di Maria was sent off for a petulant stamp on Fernandinho after the ball had run out for a throw-in.

City were far more disciplined. Pep Guardiola’s men defended stubbornly throughout but showed plenty of attacking intent and took the key chances when they came.

They will now face the winners of the other semi-final between Chelsea and Real Madrid in Istanbul later this month.

"It is for all of us and the club. I'm incredibly proud and my first thoughts are with the players who didn't play today," said Guardiola.

"They all deserved to play, everyone has made a contribution and now it is time to enjoy it. We have to win the league and we have two or three weeks to prepare for the final.

"They put a lot of players in the middle and we struggled a lot in the first half to high press and we changed at half-time. We recovered the ball better in the second half and we were much better in the way we played and 4-1 on aggregate against a team that beat Barcelona and Bayern Munich means a lot to us.

"They win the league every year, they are a team built to win, they fought to the end. They a huge team but we were so composed. We fought together and we're in the final of the Champions League and those are nice words.

"People believe it’s easy to arrive in the final of the Champions League. Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years. Every day these guys have been consistent and this is remarkable."

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Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

City full-back Kyle Walker summed up the mood as he admitted his ultimate fantasy has now become a reality.

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"A boy form Sheffield, it is what you dream about. To make it come true, I am buzzing," he told BT Sport.

"Against top quality players, you need to put in a shift. We managed it well considering the talent they have. It is a team game. We all celebrate a goal. For us as defenders it is keeping clean sheets. We have done tremendously well with that this season. Blocking a shot is like scoring a goal for me.

"It is about playing to what we play. In big occasions there are going to be nerves. We have to control that. You put the pressure on yourself. We go back to Anfield and throwing it away in the first leg.

"The second year we are at Tottenham and lost in the first leg before chasing it here. Last year it was different over one leg - a proper cup game. To finally get the victory over there and then come here and win is full credit to this squad."

City have become the 42nd club to reach the final of Europe's elite competition and for a third year, a new team will appear in the final after Tottenham in 2019 and PSG in 2020.

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