Pep Guardiola’s side Man City spectacularly thrashed defending Champions Real Madrid 4-0 in dominatable encounter last night, reaching their second final in three seasons.
Bernardo Silva’s first-half double gave City control and the hosts took gleeful revenge for last season’s heartbreaking semifinal loss to the 14-time champions with Manuel Akanji credited with City’s third and Julian Alvarez adding a forth.
City are unbeaten in 26 home Champions League games and that run was never in danger once Portuguese midfielder Silva whipped a shot past Thibaut Courtois in the 23rd minute and then headed his side’s second in the 37th.
The second half became a formality as holders Real, bidding to win the trophy for a sixth time in 10 seasons, were powerless to stop a relentless City side closing in on a treble.
Carlo Ancelotti’s record 191st game in charge of a Champions League team became a night to forget for the wily Italian who, for once in his illustrious career, had nothing up his sleeve.
City played without any shred of doubt and with the conviction of a team on a march towards destiny, “I had a feeling in these last days we had the right mix of calm and tension. You could smell the team was ready to perform at this level.” Guardiola stated.