They invested more than two billion euros in the City before advancing to the finals of LM – Champions League – Football – Sports

The surprise did not happen. Manchester City also beat the Champions League semi-finals in Paris Saint-Germain (2: 0) and, for the first time in its club history, made it to the finals of the most prestigious club European football competition.

He succeeded as the ninth English team, which proves the dominant position of island football on the European scene. For six representatives in the final of LM, resp. Italians and Germans have had EPM so far.

The retaliation semifinal was also ManCity’s seventh championship victory in the uninterrupted series, which in turn is the longest such series in the English team in European Cup. Manchester United (1965–66), Leeds United (1969–70) and Arsenal (2005) have won six times in a row.

“I am incredibly proud of my players. Even those who could not play for various reasons. We have a victory in the Premier League within reach and we will have a grand European final in three weeks.

In a total of two 4: 1 matches, we beat the team that eliminated both FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich. And that already means something, “coach Pep Guardiola assessed the historical progression to the finals.

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Even a charismatic Spaniard has great reason to rejoice. He finally broke the string of four semi-finals in the Champions League and advanced to the finals of the No. 1 club competition for the first time since the 2010/2011 season, when he won the trophy with FC Barcelona.

“Guardiola wins belt titles in England, but he missed out on the Champions League final for years.

His European story with Citizens has so far been interwoven with a lack of luck in important moments, an inability to face pressure in tense situations, when, for example, last year his charges unexpectedly lost in the quarterfinals to outsiders from Lyon 1: 3.

But now the strong quality of the game has also been shown by strong nerves, and this team maturity is reflected in the progress to the finals, “wrote the BBC Sport portal.

Marca, Spain, also looked at the financial side of Citizens’ historic progress, and that is very interesting. Since 2008, the majority owner of Manchester City Club has been the Abu Dhabi United Group investment group from the United Arab Emirates, which to date has injected 2.016 billion euros into the organization.

In ten different seasons, players’ purchases still exceeded 100 million euros. The first swallow was Robinho in 2008, the arrival of the now 37-year-old Brazilian from Real Madrid cost 40 million at the time.

The first big success of Citizens came in the 2011/2012 season, when they won the Premier League after 44 years. They did the same in the next three seasons (2013/2014, 2017/2018, 2018/2019) and currently the gain of another English title in PL is probably only a matter of time.

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The current value of the ManCity staff is 1.13 billion euros, which is the highest among all the world’s leading football teams.

“ManCity players have also won twice the FA Cup, six times the English League Cup and three times the FA Community Shield, the English Super Cup. Only success in Europe has been avoided for years.

The closest were in 2016 in the semifinals with Manuel Pellegrini. Even the arrival of Pepa Guardiola did not bring immediate European success, but this season may finally be a turning point, “Marca wrote.

Opponent for Manchester City in the Istanbul final on May 29 will emerge from the second semifinal between FC Chelsea and Real Madrid. The first match in Madrid ended 1: 1, revenge is played on Wednesday from 21.00 in London.


Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by futbal.pravda.sk.

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