Manchester City’s memorable victory over Spanish giants Real Madrid is not enough for Pep Guardiola, instead appealing to his players to focus on lifting the trophy for the first time in their history.
The Sky Blues reached the quarter-finals on Friday evening with a supremely impressive performance against Zinedine Zidane’s men. Two mistakes from Raphael Varane saw both Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus net, leading to a 4-2 aggregate win.
Whilst the victory should be celebrated, according to Guardiola, if City want to be considered as within Europe’s elite, they have to be focussing more on lifting continental titles.
Talking to BT Sport after the victory, the Spaniard said: “We are here to try and win the Champions League. It is one step, if we think that is enough we will show how small we are. If you want to win you have to beat the big clubs.
“It is important, we beat [Real] twice. Zinedine Zidane never lost knockout games. You see the calm and personality they play with, they are good.”
City will now travel to Lisbon to take on Lyon, who eliminated Juventus in the quarter-finals, with the semi-finals and the final all taking place in Portugal. They have now been installed as favourites to win the competition at a price of 21/10 with Paddy Power.