Man City reach Champions League final and 90 minutes from owners’ ultimate destination


Manchester City stand 90 minutes away from glory and the trophy that has been in their sights since the day the club was transformed in September 2008.

The Champions League has always been the ultimate destination for City’s Abu Dhabi-based hierarchy from the moment they arrived to shake up the natural order of the Premier League and turn the club Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dismissively described as “noisy neighbours” into a genuine European superpower.

It has been, some would say in typical Manchester City fashion, a Champions League road littered with bumps, mishaps and hard-luck stories, but two superb performances to dismiss the dangerous Paris St-Germain 4-1 on aggregate means they will meet either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on 29 May.

The celebrations at the final whistle told the story as one psychological barrier was cleared, with one more hurdle left to negotiate before they can claim the holy grail.


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