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Pellegrini: City are ready for anyone now

Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City "can play against anybody" after reaching a first semi-final while Laurent Blanc was left to reflect on another last-eight exit for Paris.

City pair Fabian Delph and Joe Hart embrace at full-time
City pair Fabian Delph and Joe Hart embrace at full-time ©Getty Images
  • Kevin De Bruyne's fine 76th-minute goal took City into semis for first time
  • Paris lose in quarter-finals for fourth year running
  • Manuel Pellegrini: "Of course we can win the Champions League"
  • Laurent Blanc praises "clincial and efficient" City
  • Semi-final draw on Friday at 11.30CET, streamed live on UEFA.com

Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager
It is a great achievement for the club. To get to the semi-final of the Champions League means you are one of the best four teams in Europe. The best thing for me is that our style of play never changed. People thought that because we drew in Paris we would play for a draw here. I'm very happy to continue with our style and it will never change.

It is important to be in the semi-finals. We were very unlucky in the last two seasons because we played against Barcelona in the round of 16 which is why we didn't get through. This year the team has improved and this season we qualified by winning the group. We played well against Dynamo and tonight against a very strong team in Paris Saint-Germain.

Of course we can win the Champions League. I think one of the targets for this club is to try to improve every year and we are doing that. It's not easy because there are very strong teams in Europe. The target for this club is to win the Champions League. If you are in the semi-final you know you will have to play against a big team. Tonight we played better than PSG who are a very strong team with very good players. We trust that we can play against anyone the way we played tonight.

De Bruyne: 'Great feeling' to score
De Bruyne: 'Great feeling' to score

Laurent Blanc, Paris Saint-Germain coach
Both this evening and in Paris I don't think we were efficient and clinical enough. In the first leg we scored two goals, and probably could have scored more. That had an impact on the return game because Manchester City had an advantage and they seized that advantage.

We lost a couple of players due to suspension tonight too. We are not going to hide behind that, though. We have paid the price by failing to take our chances. City were more clinical and more efficient and that's why they're through. Well done to them, they are a good team. A very clinical and efficient team that get the job done. 

Watch De Bruyne's stunning goal
Watch De Bruyne's stunning goal

When you don't go through to the next round you regret absolutely everything. Of course when you win no one asks any questions. We had certain tactics and strategies in mind but we couldn't always implement them as efficiently as we wanted over the two games. We have shown our limitations over the two games, both tactically and technically. What we did over the course of the tie wasn't enough and we very much regret that.

We thought we were going to cause them more problems tonight but they were good in defence and very compact. Over the course of the two games, we understand that City probably deserved to qualify.

Hart: De Bruyne quality decided tie
Hart: De Bruyne quality decided tie