Qualified for the final of the Champions League after their victory against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening, the Manchester City players celebrated this performance with dignity in the locker room of the Etihad Stadium. A beautiful celebration, before putting it back this weekend in case of a Premier League title?
Ten years that Pep Guardiola waited for this. Since his second Champions League won with FC Barcelona in 2011, the Spanish technician had not reached the final of the C1. For his players, the expectation was not really one, because only Ilkay Gündogan (in 2013), in the workforce of Cityzens, has already reached these European heights.
On May 29, in Istanbul, Manchester City will play the first Champions League final in its history, against Chelsea or Real Madrid (return semi-final to follow this Wednesday evening at 9 p.m., on RMC Sport 1). Before looking into this match, Guardiola’s players were keen to celebrate, on Tuesday evening, a qualification won against Paris Saint-Germain.
The title this weekend?
After their first leg victory at the Parc des Princes (2-1), the Skyblues won without trembling yesterday at the Etihad Stadium (2-0). And if, at the final whistle, the City players showed a certain humility in the victory, it was in the locker room that they cracked for a moment, to celebrate the qualification and, by the way, Fernandinho’s 36th birthday.
After the League Cup final victory against Tottenham (1-0) on April 25, Guardiola probably moderated the festivities because Manchester City will play a decisive match in the Premier League on Saturday. If they win against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, the Cityzens will win their third league title in the last four years. A new performance that City players are sure to celebrate with dignity.