Guardiola Hails City’s Champions League Credentials After Seventh Consecutive Quarter-Final Madrid Grinds Through

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Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, praised his team’s consistent performance as they secured a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh consecutive season with a 3-1 victory over FC Copenhagen, completing a 6-2 aggregate triumph at the Etihad.

Guardiola showcased confidence in his squad by resting key players during the match, with goals from Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez sealing the tie in the first 10 minutes. Erling Haaland added his 29th goal of the season, while Mohamed Elyounoussi briefly narrowed the gap for Copenhagen.

City, having claimed their first European title last season, are now regarded as favorites in the Champions League, surpassing traditional powerhouses like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. With an impressive home record and a historic feat of scoring three or more goals in nine consecutive home games, Guardiola acknowledged the team’s growth.

Reflecting on City’s journey, Guardiola said, “The important thing is being there (in the quarter-finals) seven years in a row; it’s quite impressive. We are well-respected from our opponents. The numbers are there – our consistency. Now we are a team that believes we can do it.”

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