MANCHESTER: Pep Guardiola says his legacy as manager of Manchester City has been extraordinary with the defending Premier League champions now looking to extend their dominance on the European stage.
City will host visiting Real Madrid for Champions League semi-final second leg this Thursday morning with the two teams tied 1-1 on aggregate.
Victory over the Spanish giants would put Guardiola’s men on course to become just the second team to win the treble – the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in the same season.
City need just one win from their last three Premier League games to secure a fifth title in six seasons under Guardiola but they have never been crowned European champions.
They may not have a better chance with the winner of their clash against Real being favorites to beat either AC Milan or Inter Milan in next month’s final.
“My legacy, our legacy is extraordinary,” said Guardiola at a press conference ahead of the match against Real.
“We’re not stupid (not) knowing how important tomorrow’s game is. It’s one of the most important and that’s why we’re here.
“We cannot deny that, for the competition, for many things. I tell the players to take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy it.
“We’re very lucky to be here. It’s in our hands, it’s up to us, we don’t have to do anything extraordinary, just be ourselves and win one game to get to the final.”
City’s dreams were dashed by Real’s late comeback when the two teams met in the semi-finals last season.
However, Guardiola’s men this time have home advantage and have a good record at the Etihad Stadium.
City have not lost at home in the Champions League for five years and have won all 14 of their games at home in 2023.